Authored by: Pratyush Khare, APAC CTO and Head of Pre-Sales, Hitachi Vantara
In the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic in Wuhan, China, its government built two field hospitals in less than two weeks each. How? Hundreds of designers collaborated, working together simultaneously to produce design plans in 24 hours, rendered possible by the connectivity of 5G networks. Yet most other countries, far slower to implement 5G networks, couldn’t replicate this scenario.
Asian countries including China, South Korea and Singapore have begun implementing 5G networks, yet some enterprise technology experts foresee that there will be limitations implementing 5G solutions at the enterprise level, slowing 5G adoption, unless enterprises start investing in infrastructure now.
At present, only telecommunications companies and governments are implementing solutions to leverage 5G. The surge in demand for the Internet has given a much needed boost to the region’s telcos, and governments are likely to spend more on implementing smart projects in airports and cities to help stimulate their economies. While there have been implementation delays, that has largely been due to restricted access of workforce and equipment.
Beyond telecommunications, enterprises will require supporting infrastructure to handle the massive data storage demands one can expect to generate and transfer over 5G networks. Enterprise adoption will be gradual, carefully considered and their interest will increase as costs come down over the next 3-4 years.
5G has the potential to generate data at an unprecedented velocity and volume, and to fuel a wide range of data-driven services and digital business models. 5G will top out at 10 Gbps, which is 100 times the theoretical top speed of 4G. Its network latency is almost 50 times lower than 4G at 1 ms and it will support 1 million devices per sq km versus 2,000 for 4G, with 99.999% availability of the network.
But for countries whose digital economies have already experienced accelerated growth, infrastructure growth will need to keep pace with demand for data storage.
We expect an explosion of data to be transferred over 5G networks and this will bring opportunities for enterprises to develop a hybrid storage model, in which an enterprise may take advantage of the low latency of 5G telecommunications to create a regional storage resource close to where the data is required. Users will then be able to access data through 5G without any impact on performance.
On the edge, the storage system will need to be low-cost, high performance storage systems that can manage very high volumes of data. With Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), enterprises can leverage the performance benefits of the cloud without each branch of the enterprise needing its own storage infrastructure, and the unlimited scalability of HCP means an enterprise can eliminate the cost of buying more storage disks to boost storage capacity and more easily accommodate growth.
5G’s connected solutions will be the catalyst for IoT solutions that will use data, networks, analytics, and reporting to create a smarter, healthier, safer society. And for that reason alone, it is worth investing in high performance, high end storage systems now.