Originally posted on Data Center POST by Jeff Plank

colocation-data-centersQuantum computing is coming. It will make headlines any day now. And when it comes in force the data center colocation industry will need to adapt with it.

A lot of people have heard of quantum computing at this point but not many have talked about what effect quantum computers might have on the data center industry. To begin, it is important to start talking about what quantum computers would do if they got powerful enough. In short, general purpose quantum computation would unravel the most basic building block of the modern internet: encryption.

Without encryption, our banking, shopping and commerce would cease to function. Once bank account information gets inside a firewall it is fairly safe, but while it’s traveling through the switches and routers on its way to its final destination, that information is readable by dozens of machines. We get around this using cryptography.

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