Globalization has assumed unimaginable proportions in the last few decades, it affects almost all areas of our everyday life. On the one hand, it promotes, for example Development of global networkslike the internet. On the other hand, it also contributes to the spread of global crises like that Corona crisis has shown. Due to global networking and the associated high willingness to travel, the virus has spread rapidly.
An important anchor in this extraordinary situation is the global digital infrastructure: the terrestrial and mobile networks, the data centers, the subsea cables and the satellite links. Despite lockdown and social isolation, we stay in touch. We can bring pastimes, activities and entertainment into our homes “on demand”. Many of us work from home and thus make a living.
Corona crisis: building critical IT infrastructure
All of these applications require a digital infrastructure that is as stable, resilient and secure as possible. One of the key findings from the crisis is therefore: Our digital infrastructure needs to be even better, because a lot depends on it economically and socially. In the Interconnection community There is a strong awareness of building and maintaining critical infrastructure that should be as global, open (i.e. neutral), resilient, scalable and secure as possible. This is the only way to provide the numerous services that are required by people, institutions and companies.
This understanding is spreading more and more in politics, business and the general public. Current investments in the digital infrastructure, which will remain a matter of course after the end of the Corona crisis, are changing the starting position in many areas. For example, employers are concerned with how home offices do Business continuity promotes and supports their employees in overcoming challenges. Many decision-makers recognize the long-term benefits of digital transformation – a change that will be sustainable.
The regions of the world that have reliable digital infrastructure have an advantage over those that are still underserved. Therefore, a second central finding from the crisis has become even clearer than before: For the near future, the objective must be to eliminate the “digital divide” and to provide digital access to information and communication media for as many people on this planet as possible.
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About the author: Harald A. SumMa has been managing director of the world’s largest Internet hub since 1996 DE-CIX in Frankfurt. He is also CEO of DE-CIX Group AG, managing director of DE-CIX International GmbH, CEO of DE-CIX North America Inc. and founder and chief executive officer of eco – Association of the Internet Industry