Data rules the world. In the first waves of computing, data was primarily created, stored and processed in centralized locations. The shift to a digital economy has however transformed the way that companies create and deliver customer value. Organizations are today faced with a growing number of locations, applications and sensors, all generating information.
The sheer volumes of data being created on a daily basis has led to a new phenomenon: data gravity, or the concept of data becoming so unwieldy that it starts to generate its own mass. This can be compared to the way that a planet exerts its own gravitational pull on nearby moons, other planets and stars.
In the same way, large sets of data start to attract applications and services, and other large datasets.
This gravitational pull of data impacts the very foundation of our connected world, which includes cloud computing, edge data centers, network latency and data delivery. The ability to move data while constantly creating and attracting more data will be crucial for future enterprises.
How does one manage data gravity and the inevitable challenges? According to our two featured Digital Realty executives: Start by measuring. In our cover story, Digital Realty’s Tony Bishop and Dave McCrory speak with InterGlobix Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Jasmine Bedi about the Data Gravity Index DGx™. Our deep dive into data gravity also includes perspectives from executives at Digital Realty’s key partners: AWS, NVIDIA, Zenlayer, Yellowbrick and industry analyst group, 451 Research.