Off-the-topic: ESNet, A glimpse at future networking

There has been some hype around network connection speed lately, specifically broadband speed. In 2011, Google released its own fiber-to-the-premises broadband service, called Google Fiber. This caused a huge splash in the world of connectivity when Fiber claimed to be “100 times faster than today’s average broadband speeds. ”1 The majority of the country has yet to see these speeds because Google has only introduced Fiber to select cities, such as Kansas City and Austin, before its official release.

Even though Google Fiber’s speed seems difficult to surpass, the Department of Energy has created the Energy Science Network (ESNet,) a 91 gigabits per second network. This network is nine times faster than Google Fiber, making it 900 times faster than the average household’s broadband service. ESNet was built to connect scientists, specifically those of NASA, so they may explore and expand upon ideas without disruption from the commercial audience. In November, NASA sent 91 gigabits of data per second from Denver to the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland without a secondary network. This has earned ESNet the nickname of the “Shadow Network.”

Just over a decade ago years ago, MacBook’s had not been invented, the idea of a touch-screen phone was absurd, photos were being developed at the nearest pharmacy and social media barely existed. The Shadow Network is just a glimpse at what the decade has in store for us.

We have always assumed we will need an on-site server for any online activity, but now we have the cloud. This has allowed us to connect in ways we never imagined. Take a look at the Internet of Things (IoT,) for example. The IoT is a future network that connects everyone and everything from animals to our tablets. Anything from wireless devices to animal microchips can be given an IP address and transfer data over a larger network of your own.

It’ll be a while before this speedy network is brought into the average household or organization. Our information highway is already faster and more abundant than ever expected. According to , every two days we create as much (if not more) information as we have from the dawn of day through 2003.  User-generated data has expanded the internet t
o a greater audience and it’s only getting bigger. Because information is being received faster and by greater amounts, we need a place to store and sort through the data.

Information governance

What is information governance (IG)? As noted on Sherpa Software’s website, IG is “a set of multifaceted policies, procedures and controls that help companies manage legal, regulatory, operational and other risks.” With the amount of data increasing, organizations must be prepared to manage their information as well as mitigate the
associated risks. This was Sherpa’s  idea behind our SaaS platform, Sherpa Altitude’s IGTM. Altitude IG provides visibility throughout the organization, policy management and enforcement, as well as investigative and eDiscovery response capabilities.

When ESNet will make an appearance in the average household or business is unknown, but one thing is for sure –Resources-FeaturedDownload_eDiscovery-NB
governing the amount of increasing data will be a major focal point. Our team has a wealth of hands-on experience, helping clients formulate their information governance policies and implement enforcement strategies using
electronic tools. For more information about Sherpa Altitude IGTM or the policy consulting services we offer, please visit


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