Today will be remembered as the day the internet broke -- before swiftly being fixed again. On Tuesday morning, websites including Amazon, Reddit, Spotify, Ebay, Twitch, Pinterest and, unfortunately, CNET went offline due to a major outage at a service called Fastly. Everywhere you looked, there were 503 errors and people complaining they couldn't access key services and news outlets, demonstrating just how much of the internet relies on this largely unheard-of cloud computing service.
At around 2:58 a.m. PT, Fastly's status update page noted an error, saying "we're currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN [content delivery network] services." Shortly thereafter, reports emerged on Twitter of major news publications including the BBC, CNN and The New York Times being offline. Twitter itself was still running, although the server that hosted its emojis went down, leading to some odd-looking tweets.
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We will continue to see trends related to COVID-19 pushing office workers home, and consumers online.
In an effort to keep pace with new demands on network infrastructure, Edge Computing will take precedence. Edge Computing relocates data closer to the point where it is needed to speed up transfers and communication. Public cloud spending will shift to edge computing spending--bringing data closer to home.
Prepare for massive improvements in cellphone technology as 5G coverage is scheduled to reach the whole nation by the end of 2021. T-Mobile is in the lead on the 5G race with AT&T and Verizon close behind.
Internet of Things
The connection of devices, endpoints and assets that haven't been able to communicate with a network are considered the Internet of Things. COVID-19 introduced a myriad of reasons to utilize multiple devices in a seamless business operation. From curbside service to self-checkout kiosks to working remotely, a new connectivity is in demand.
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SD-WAN (software-defined networking in a wide area network) is a software-based approach to building and managing networks that connect geographically dispersed offices.
SASE (secure access service edge) simplifies wide-area networking and security by delivering both as a cloud service directly to the source of connection rather than the enterprise data center.
As more and more business operations move to the digital realm, security will be paramount in protecting customers and employees, and reducing business liability. SASE brings a much-needed security element to previously used networks.
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