The bandwidth needs to be in place to support the transport and analytics of these huge volumes of data. It is physically impossible for existing data centres to independently conduct the analysis of the enormously large data streams generated by web-scale businesses. Multiple data centres will have to be virtually interlinked through intelligent, programmable networks delivering on-demand performance, scalable capacity and interworking. These networks will also need to support the huge amounts of data collected by the millions of networked devices and sensors that will be operational.
While individual data streams may be small, for example, traffic flow sensor information on a particular road's usage, a very large number of these will need to be aggregated, transported, stored and analysed efficiently, reliably, and with extremely low latency. They will have to be seamlessly linked to distribution, and logically-centralised storage and computing resources.
Singapore's Digital Harbour strategy comes during a "perfect network storm" where Asian users lead in mobile and fixed line data consumption and yet continue to enter the mobile and fixed-line Internet world in their millions. Asian entrepreneurs are in turn offering more and more innovative, online solutions to capture consumers' hearts and minds. All that's needed now is systematic investment in the network infrastructure and technology that can effectively support this growth.
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