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MARK ANDERSON , SENIOR DIRECTOR , GLOBAL SOLUTIONS ARCHITECTURE , EQUINIX
EDITOR ’ S QUESTION
Discussions around robots taking over human processes traditionally conjure up images of a dystopian world where machines reign supreme . While this may be the basis of countless Hollywood scripts and science fiction novels , the reality of using robotics to automate human processes is far more useful .
Machines that automate everyday processes today often focus on simple tasks like packing boxes and monitoring inventory . Because these robots are pre-programmed and assigned specific tasks , supply chain issues can arise when they encounter previously unseen variables . To embrace the next generation of robotics and machine automation , companies across the technology sector have been investing in the development of complex machines capable of leveraging applied sensor-based technology and AI capabilities .
Maximizing the future of automation is dependent on a distributed , hybrid multicloud IT architecture with low latency and ultra-secure connectivity for the exchange of highly sensitive data . This type of infrastructure provides unrivalled computing power and storage resources to enhance autonomous machine capabilities far beyond the current level . The term ‘ cloud robotics ’ is often used to describe the technology that improves the core AI models in the cloud with insights gathered by connected robots at the digital Edge . This ultimately allows machines to offload all data-intensive tasks to the cloud – including image recognition , mapping systems , Machine Learning and software updates . This convergence of IoT , AI and their supporting IT architectures can infuse greater intelligence into robots and will be vital in optimizing the autonomous capabilities of machines and delivering better business outcomes .
Cloud robotics will be key in realizing the true potential of Industry 4.0 ( the next phase of the Industrial Revolution ), which aims to improve processes via increased automation , machine-to-machine communication and Internet of Things ( IoT ) deployments .
Ultimately , this maximizes efficiency in the overall manufacturing process . The advent of 5G is set to accelerate the true realization of Industry 4.0 as enterprises from a wide range of sectors look to take advantage of its increased download speeds .
Equinix ’ s flagship cloud connectivity platform , Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric ( ECX Fabric ), directly , securely and dynamically connects distributed infrastructure and digital ecosystems on Platform Equinix . Via ECX Fabric , enterprises can quickly add connectivity to hundreds of cloud providers , network providers and other ECX Fabric participants , ensuring access to the systems and applications they need to remain competitive .
This solution also provides a superior level of security because it is based on interconnection – the direct and secure transfer of data between businesses , away from the public Internet . The highly secure , scalable nature of interconnection will be fundamental in delivering the next generation of automation as companies look to move , store and process data at the digital Edge to bring about better business outcomes . •
MAXIMIZING THE FUTURE OF AUTOMATION IS DEPENDENT ON A DISTRIBUTED , HYBRID MULTI- CLOUD IT ARCHITECTURE WITH LOW LATENCY AND ULTRA-SECURE CONNECTIVITY FOR THE EXCHANGE OF HIGHLY SENSITIVE DATA . www . intelligentcio . com INTELLIGENTCIO