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Mark Goldberg

What Happens in an Internet Minute
Source: Intel (Click to Enlarge)
Intel sent an interesting infographic: What Happens in an Internet Minute.

Looking at the traffic data, Intel asks if there is sufficient attention being paid to investment in infrastructure.

Imagine the state of the network in three years, when the number of connected devices is projected to be double the world's population. Can our networks scale to handle predicted traffic and meet consumer expectations for immediate access from multiple devices?

What about security?

Among highlights from the infographic:

  • Nearly 640 Terabytes of traffic are being transferred each minute by global IP networks;
  • 6 million Facebook views; 2 million Google search queries;
  • 30 hours of video are being uploaded to YouTube; and
  • 1.3 million videos are being viewed.

The email I received put it this way:

Governments invest in infrastructure every day — roads, bridges and airports — but what about network infrastructure?

Hopefully, network operators will not follow the practice of governments in infrastructure investment. The state of our roads, bridges and airports seem to be case studies on why network investment is best handled by the private sector. My experience is that governments tend to use "just too late" provisioning.

By Mark Goldberg, Telecommunications Consultant
Related topics: Cybersecurity, Data Center
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