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SXSW 2018 Sneak Peek: How Connectivity Will Control Everything We Know

SXSW 2018 is about making connections and helping creative people achieve their goals. Connections – and connectivity – are essential to fuel innovation. What would happen if our connectivity infrastructure was threatened? Are we right to put our trust in AI, IoT, and quantum compute? Now that we’ve said it, what is connectivity? What is the edge and where will it exist or is it already here?

We’re on the agenda at SXSW 2018 to share TierPoint’s view on these questions and more in the panel, “How Connectivity Will Control Everything We Know,” on Friday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. This topic will be explored by Mary Meduski, TierPoint’s president and CFO, Schneider Electric’s Ross Johnson, author/journalist Andrew Blum and Compass EdgePoint’s Sharif Fotouh. If you’ll be in Austin, please join us for the panel and after-party:

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Here’s a sneak peek at some aspects of this topic that may be explored in more depth in the SXSW 2018 panel, from a recent interview with Mary Meduski in a post of the same name, “How Connectivity Will Control Everything We Know: Part 3,” on Schneider Electric’s blog.

In the blog post, Jason Walker, managing director of cloud and service provider business development at Schneider Electric, hosts Mary as they explore the role connectivity plays in business today and what connectivity means from one company to the next. Below is a selected excerpt from that discussion:

On edge computing and how and why it will evolve:

“The ’edge‘ means different things to different companies and different applications,” Meduski is careful to distinguish. While the model of massive regional data centers in major markets may be sufficient for streaming video, she explains, ”A different model is required for applications that depend on super-low latency and/or more robust computing capabilities at the edge.”

In contrast, highly interactive applications such as “financial trading, gaming, and social media platforms” require millisecond response – or customers will abandon a site. “Such businesses are seeking to limit, if not reduce, latency by moving the edge closer and closer to their end consumers, to keep them engaged for extended periods of time.”

Read the interview in full at blog.schneider-electric.com

TierPoint’s SXSW team is headed to Austin this week. If you’ll be at SXSW 2018, we hope to see you there!