One of the new buzz phrases in the world of data and technology is “Industry 4.0” or “the fourth industrial revolution”. The computer age has been described as the third industrial revolution and now the 4th is the application of modern automation and artificial intelligence.
Wikipedia’s description of Industry 4.0 is “the concept of factories in which machines are augmented with wireless connectivity and sensors, connected to a system that can visualise the entire production line and make decisions on its own.” In other words, smart technology that predicts faults before they happen, trends in manufacturing & performance and report & manage to a central processing location. These are exactly the kind of projects we work on with the likes of our friends at Tridium and their partners, and especially in the Data Centre automation sector.
We recently attended the Data Centre Alliance annual get together in Manchester. Whilst meeting existing and potential new customers and partners in the growing data centre sector, as usual the event education sessions came up with some quite staggering insights regarding data usage in the 21st century:
There are 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created each day at the current rate globally. (A quintillion has 18 zeros!) In context, if 1 byte of data was represented by just 1mm of metric length – then each day the world creates enough data to reach the sun and back 18,000 times! And that’s just today – the pace is rapidly expanding with everyone’s increasing online existence, with the emergence of Industry 4.0 and the interconnected world of Internet of Things (IoT). And talking of the IoT (interconnected smart devices such as lights, fridges, use of Alexa and Siri, etc) there were 2 billion connected devices in 2006. There will be a projected 200 billion by 2020.
So coming away from this exciting annual event, figures can indeed be boggling. But what is certain is that our Industry 4.0 world is creating data at an alarming rate. It needs protecting, it needs to be up and running and it needs to be recoverable after disasters (natural and maliciously man made).
As leading UK providers of fault tolerant systems and automated data backup solutions, we are proud to be working with organisations at the forefront of existing and emerging technologies. Want to know how high availability and fault tolerant solutions can help your organisation? Please call us on 0161 366 8499 or get in touch for a no obligation chat.