As Smart Cities develop around the world Gateway Gulf will be part of this development. Smart Cities addresses environmentalconcerns to reduce carbon consumption (and other waste), and it achieves cost savings across five key verticals - transport,energy, waste, water and assisted living.
Smart cities need data centers. To meet the needs of these data-driven cities, data centres will need to be capable of handling vast quantities of data.The 130 Exabytes now running across global networks will be dwarfed by the 40,000 Exabytes predicted by 2020.Processing more data does not require data centres to get bigger (although with the demise of More's law that may change)but it certainly does require a lot more power. This needs to be factored in to the choice of location, arrangements with the national grid and contracts for back-up power in the event of outages.
Many of the advantages of smart cities will come through real-time processing of this data. At the foremost come power and water metering that remain critical to smart cities.Additionally, sensors in the road will adapt traffic light sequencing to minimize queuing traffic. Low latency will therefore be critical to ensure almost instantaneous response. This leads to the need for datacentres that are physically close to the cities that they will serve. These are known as 'edge' data centres, being literally on the 'edge' of the network, close to where the real-world data is being collected and where an output needs to occur. These will be very different to the hyperscale data centres that we associate with the likes of Facebook, Amazon and Google today.
Resiliency and reliability will also be fundamental to the safe, 24/7 operations.Recent outages at hospitals have hit headlines, with operations cancelled or postponed, and the occasional outages in some of the major cloud providers' operations also cause major disruptions to a variety of their corporate customers. The risk of a connected city going dark would clearly have major implications for citizens in their homes, individual businesses and safety. This is equally important to the deployment of the 5G Mobile Network which is potentially 100 times faster than 4G networks and which will enable one-second film downloads. Having access to 5G internet will enable us to be able to send and receive information through our managed services at lightning speed.
5G internet will allow us to take on more capabilities for multimedia, online collaborating gaming, servicing smart cities and smart utilities.