The world has changed dramatically since the Internet made its debut. In 1995, during the first wave of Internet development, there were 16 million Internet users and less than a million mobile devices. Today, there are 3 billion Internet users, more than 1 billion websites and more mobile subscriptions than people on the planet.
This explosion in big data, always-on communications, mobile, social and the cloud is pushing our "Information Superhighway" to the brink. Aging networks, now pushing their third decade of life, are in many ways ill prepared to meet the digital demands of the modern world.
To combat the challenge of an aging/outdated digital infrastructure, Brocade and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) recently hosted an event about one of the most pressing issues facing America today: The Future of U.S. Digital Infrastructure. Moderated by Politico, the event explored the networking challenges posed by the rise of big data, mobile, social and the cloud as well as examined the potential for public-private collaboration to help address these challenges. Panelists at the event included senior executives from Brocade, AT&T, General Motors, Facebook and the Administration, along with U.S. CIO Tony Scott.
The level of interest and engagement displayed at the event shows the public and private sector’s commitment to revitalizing our nation’s digital infrastructure. For updates on the New IP initiative, read below. You can also follow the hashtag #NewIP to stay connected to the digital infrastructure conversation on Twitter.