VeriSign: Net bandwidth must grow 1,000 times

Summary:newsmaker The Internet's capacity will need to increase by a factor of a thousand to handle the flow of data over the next decade, company's CTO says.

newsmaker To deal with the flow of information over the next 10 years, the capacity of the Internet will need to increase by a factor of a thousand, according to VeriSign.

The U.S. security company, which administers one of the root servers of the Internet, has started a project to deal with the expected increase in bandwidth demand. Project Apollo was announced by VeriSign in March, with the aim of strengthening the .com and .net domains. The company's chief technology officer, Ken Silva, talked to ZDNet Asia's sister site ZDNet UK to give details of how VeriSign plans to increase Internet server bandwidth.

Why was Project Apollo put in place?
Silva: Over the next decade, anything that informs or entertains will be connected to the network, delivering TV, telephony, video. We are seeing the genesis of digital entertainment. Every phone call will be made over the Internet, as well as communications like GPS navigation data. We have to prepare the root zone for that much bandwidth.

[America's] big infrastructure push is around the smart grid. The core power infrastructure will run across the network. [If bandwidth doesn't improve], we're not only talking about the Internet [going down]--potentially, a doctor could be in the middle of surgery.

Read more of "VeriSign's goal: Bump up internet bandwidth 1,000 times" at ZDNet UK.

Topics: CXO, Apps, Browser, Cloud, Networking, Servers, Software

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