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eWEEK NETWORKING ANALYSIS: Digital service providers forecast to increase private connectivity 5x between 2019 and 2023, driven by greater demands from enterprises to close digital gaps at the edge.

At eWEEK, we report on advances in conventional data centers and in cloud services providers, but we don’t report on interconnection centers often enough. That changes here in this article.

Data center interconnect (DCI) hardware and software connects two or more data centers together over short, medium or long distances using high-speed packet-optical connectivity. There is little data storage in a DCI facility; data in “flight” is directed and redirected in microseconds. In this cloud-based, web-scale world, access to that flow of data is a critical challenge.

The news: The latest Global Interconnection Index (GXI), an annual market study published this month by Redwood City, Calif.-based Equinix, shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on how businesses are planning their digital infrastructure initiatives during the next three years. According to the report, digital service providers—such as telecommunications, cloud and IT services, content and digital media and technology providers—are forecast to increase private connectivity bandwidth 5x by 2023, driven by greater demands from enterprises to close digital gaps at the edge.

Bandwidth predicted to grow by 45% in next three years

The report also predicts that overall interconnection bandwidth, the measure of private connectivity for the transfer of data between organizations, will expand by a 45% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2019 to 2023. The expected growth is driven by digital transformation, and specifically by greater demands from enterprises extending their digital infrastructure from centralized locations to distributed edge locations. 

This comes as businesses scale and support real-time interactions by strategically interconnecting workflows closer to and across people, things, locations, cloud and data. The capacity of this connectivity, Equinix said, is equivalent to 64 zettabytes of data exchange, which is enough bandwidth for every human on the planet (7.8 billion) to transmit their full DNA sequence in an hour.

The GXI Vol. 4 delivers insights by tracking, measuring and forecasting growth in interconnection bandwidth—the total capacity provisioned to privately and directly exchange traffic, with a diverse set of partners and providers, at distributed IT exchange points inside carrier-neutral colocation data centers.