In its seminal writing on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) founder Klaus Schwab observed that the revolution is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace. For businesses across industries, this means more technological disruption at a faster pace than ever before.
Breakthroughs in the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) feature high on the WEF’s list of technologies at the heart of the Fourth Revolution. It’s therefore no mystery that data, data, and more data — generated by emerging 5G networks and the multiplicity of devices that hang off of this infrastructure — will fuel this revolution. These petabytes of data will need to be housed somewhere, in an on-premises physical data center or a virtual one somewhere on the cloud.