1960 logistical infrastructure i.e. train networks, airline distribution or shipping lines would not be sufficient for today’s logistical needs. Our infrastructures are radically different today than back then.
To cater for the needs of the digital world, being but not limited to, Digital storage or hosting, digital distribution, digital merchants, digital devices will today’s logistical capabilities in fixed or cellullar networks be sufficient? NO!
To take the analogy a bit further, over the decades we have seen people move from countryside to big cities and from one country to another. Immigrants tend to seek residents in bigger cities.
In the Digital world we see the same, however virtual. I started my career in Digital Equipment Corporation back in the 1980. We had something called All-In-one, with amongst other a, at the time great mail system, but it was for internal corporate use.
Later and in more recent time I have been connected to an exchange server. From Corporate mail to Exchange servers we saw a shift in traffic needs and patterns. Now we are moving from exchange servers to office 365. Tens of thousand of corporate exchange servers spread around the world are being moved to huge data centers and put up in the “Cloud”. These data centers can be seen as big cities with huge amount of traffic coming into them. To avoid that all traffic from the whole world is entering one city, these data centers are being build around the globe and mirror each other to spread traffic.
As we have grown to the society we live in today, we have gone though trials and errors in many areas such as, our security systems (think what 9/11 did to air travellers), control systems (traffic lights to speed limits) etc. I could go on, but my main consideration is:
While we as service providers and vendors, consultants and researchers tend to go about addressing the future opportunities from a revenue side, is there a much bigger picture we need to bring into the equation as well? Revenue objectives alone tends to foster greed, but value creation, increase to peoples standard of living etc. tends to foster more genuine businesses, however revenue and profit comes as a result.
My consideration is: Do we have a Macro economical aspect equally important as a micro economical aspect as to how the Digital world evolves?
If we do, this is a global issue as apposed to domestic only. Amazon, Akamai, Level 3, Limelight, EdgeCast, who all have CDNs and Cloud, with mirrored servers across the globe are all developing their own ways and individual optimizations. How will these pan out from a macro economical perspective, if later global regulations or policing is enforced? Will such regulations or policing shake fundamentals of businesses making necessary resource demanding, time consuming and costly modifications later on? Will all of us, as part of a digital society benefit from a collaborative approach now, to self-police and take an industry approach to best practices and safeguard against being vulnerable later in 5 to 7 years from now?