By Christian Koch

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With 2020 almost over, it’s time to plan our exit strategy. My vote goes to the Irish Goodbye; lets just go. Swiftly, see you in 2021, I hope

Anyway, as we near the end of the year, it’s time for reflection, goal-setting, and of course, predictions. Last year I said I wasn’t going to make predictions again, and that’s true for this year too but I do want to say something. 

This past year was Internet Infrastructure’s Finest Hour—the world noticed us, but most importantly, the world needed us.

What we’ve built proved to be enough to get through an unprecedented year, and if it wasn’t enough, we built more. And we’ll keep building more—but are we building different? Are we building better? Are we building for tomorrow?

From cloud computing to cloud networking, software is redefining everything we do, anywhere we go. In the data center, at the edge, or in the cloud, at your office. Digital Infrastructure is everywhere, there are no wrong places to put computers, well, maybe at the bottom of a cell tower, but who would do such a thing? 😉 

In 2021, themes will continue to evolve around reducing complexities and simplifying the lifecycle of digital infrastructure; how we source, consume, secure, and manage IT. The optimization and modernization of IT infrastructure will leverage subsets of AI like machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP), allowing for self-expanding, as well as self-healing networks for everyone.

We’re still in the early days, but access to high-performance, and highly scalable infrastructure is being democratized. From servers to services, this is the cloud era, and in the cloud era, our job is to make it easier for customers to do what’s important to their them. 

2021 isn’t the year of the edge or multi-cloud. It’s the year of customer, and if you’re not listening, you might as well not be playing. 

If you wanted the boring version; Expect more consolidation, more investment, more clouds, more software, and more companies started with “Digital” in their name. 

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