Instant access to information and services is the fulfillment of a promise consumers have come to expect from companies. In exchange, they’re sharing more data than ever before, and creating unprecedented opportunities for innovation.
By 2025, it’s estimated that the average person will interact with connected devices nearly 4,800 times per day—approximately one interaction every 18 seconds. Each one of those interactions could produce powerful, personal information shared in consumer-related transactions on apps, websites or profiles, ultimately stored in data centers, the cloud, or across networks closer to customers through technologies like edge computing.
Keeping these mountains of data safe and sound is becoming the business of every business. For companies in need of industry-leading data center infrastructure capabilities in the cloud and on the edge, Flex is the only partner with the reach and scale to deliver a fully integrated solution—from initial design to final deployment.
Make it personal
There will be more than 200 billion smart objects in use by 2020, according to Intel and according to Gartner more than 75% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside traditional data centers by 2022. Successful businesses need personalized solutions that allow them to structure and deploy this data in ways tailored to their end users’ needs.
Our data center capabilities include needs like processors and chipsets as well as technologies like edge computing. Edge computing processes data closer to end-users rather than a centralized data center. This dispersed network of nodes delivers reduced latency to end-users, and ultra-fast storage, retrieval and real-time data analysis to businesses—a vital feature for industries like healthcare, finance and automotive.
While edge computing offers real-time, localized response, the proliferation of data across machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things also requires compute and storage solutions in traditional data centers and the cloud that successfully manage large sets of data in situations where the edge is not the best method.
As more and more connected devices enter people’s lives, services enabled data center technologies provide greater speed for content consumption, ultimately improving personalization in homes, cars or on the job and could drive huge amounts of additional revenue for customers.
The need for speed
Like never before, connected devices rely on speed to ensure fast service.
The speed of data can directly impact safety in the form of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications used in connected cars to detect collisions and transmit the information to surrounding vehicles.
To drive personalization, the faster companies can react to their customers’ habits, the more additional revenue they could uncover. Increased data speed through technologies like edge computing also allows companies to be quicker in response to issues or inquiries as well as proactive in their exploration of new products or services.
The speed at which healthcare professionals can access medical records and diagnose conditions can determine the difference between life and death. And as nearly a billion smart home devices enter our homes in the next five years4, speed and reliability will allow us to customize our surroundings and manage utilities. With improved data center infrastructure and the introduction of broadband connections like 5G, communications nodes can be closer to the businesses they serve and accessed quicker.
24/7/365: data never stops
Speed without reliability doesn’t work in today’s market. Businesses with mountains of data need to ensure their provider has enough capacity and reach to be accessed from anywhere at any time—and meets all required regulations.
Multinational corporations in particular face challenges regarding compliance as they manage and maintain their sprawling cloud networks. With data localization laws in many markets around the world, data center location is more important than ever for global companies. Our expertise in tax and trade, and the ability to manufacture globally allow customers like you to expand anywhere in the world.
Meanwhile, in mission-critical, highly regulated environments like automotive and healthcare, timely response and reliability can impact a business or save a life. When you consider the use of data to prevent automobile accidents or using artificial intelligence to scan unstructured data to make a medical diagnosis, how data is stored and accessed can make an enormous difference.