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  1. Technology Trends for 2020

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    2019 was a whirlwind year in the technology industry. Many trends from the year will continue to be a factor in 2020 and beyond. The demand for process automation will keep rising for the foreseeable future as web-based products become more widely used by businesses. Cybersecurity continues to be a top priority for businesses across the globe and artificial intelligence will drive demand for cloud-based services. Conversely, autonomous vehicles had been gaining steady traction, but slightly stalled in 2019 amid concerns regarding adequate safety and testing.

    No matter what 2020 brings, DQE is prepared with solutions to keep your business at the forefront. Here are the major trends we’re anticipating:


    As of November 2019, dozens of U.S. metropolitan areas had 5G, and major carriers promised more will come in the near future.

    The system will enhance device and network capabilities, offering a high rate of data, more capacity, better connections and more device connectivity. The demand for fiber optics will increase as the 5G network continues to expand because of its capacity capabilities and ability to connect carriers to fixed wireless access networks.

    Telecom Mergers

    The Sprint/T-Mobile merger grabbed headlines this year as the Department of Justice approved the $26 billion deal. Look for mergers and acquisitions on a smaller scale to be a large part of growth strategies for local and regional businesses in 2020. More telecom mergers were expected in 2019 than 2018. The current data center infrastructure is already heavily in use, and the continuing trend will mean more demand for data center infrastructure, including fiber optic cable.

    Data Center Growth

    With the rising demand of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT), the global data center market has experienced growing demand. The global data center market is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of more than 4% by 2024. Fiber is an integral tool in any data center, meaning the demands on the fiber market will also remain high.


    IoT opens a world of possibilities for users, but it also a potential portal for cyberattacks. IoT attacks were up 600% in 2017, and more than 8,800 breaches were recorded between January 1, 2005, and April 2018, with small businesses of fewer than 1,000 employees being the most vulnerable.

    The need to protect financial data and private customer information is at an all-time high. Distributed Denial of Service mitigation services will grow as businesses of all sizes look to put processes in place to prevent or minimize breaches.

    Artificial Intelligence

    As artificial intelligence (AI) and information technology (IT) needs of various industries increase in use, the infrastructure that supports those technologies will need to keep pace.

    The medical industry is turning to web-based technology to communicate with patients and even conduct surgeries in some cases, however the general IT infrastructure of hospitals is often outdated.

    Technology is playing a larger role in the education system with students attending class through virtual classrooms and teachers communicating with parents through apps and other web-based forums.


    To keep up with demand, industries across the globe will need to strengthen their cloud solutions and overall network capabilities to give the end user the fast, seamless and secure services necessary to remain relevant in today’s digital marketplace. DQE’s expansive fiber-based services provide scalable, safe solutions for businesses across Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. The network is built to grow with the industry and will be ready to meet increased bandwidth needs that will come with these trends in 2020 and beyond.

  2. The Importance of Data Centers for Today’s Businesses

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    Data Centers are Vital to Securing Information

    The daily operation of today’s enterprise is reliant on secure storage and optimization of vital data. Businesses’ connections with their customers and end-users rely on the use of online information and data centers. In a Ponemon Institute study, 71 percent of respondents agreed that business models are more dependent on the data center. Many businesses rely on them to generate revenue and conduct e-commerce.

    The strategic use of information can benefit companies. But, the information has to be managed and secured properly or it could cause them to plummet. Preventing a data disaster and having a fast disaster recovery response time is integral to some businesses’ success. A reported 30 percent of those that experience a data outage never recover.

    Managing and operating a data center takes many different efforts and components. But, the cost of colocation can be minimal in comparison. It reduces the costs incurred by breaches, disaster recovery, downtime, and other data center crises. The average cost per minute of unplanned downtime alone is close to $8,000. The highest cost incurred by an organization for a single downtime event was more than $1.7 million.

    Colocation, or off-site storage of data, is essential to and holds many benefits for companies.

    Benefits of DQE Communication’s Colocation Service Offering:

    • Cost-effective – Businesses do not have to invest in the equipment, security, infrastructure, and other components needed to maintain a secure data center.
    • Access to fiber optic Internet speed – Our fiber optics network allows for high-speed, secure transfer of vital information to the data center.
    • Power reliability – Our colocation sites are equipped to handle power outages with generators and power grids on site.

    It is evident that data is essential to the success of today’s companies. It is also essential for the management of business information to meet the highest standards of security and flexibility.

    DQE Communications’ colocation services are equipped to protect your organization’s mission critical data and provide customized solutions. To learn more about how DQE can meet your data center needs visit our colocation services page.