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Why Enterprises Need a Time as a Service for Digital Edge - IDC

In this analyst report, IDC considers the importance and value of time and Time as a service (TaaS) across industries and use cases. The report examines the current technological alternatives available to organizations requiring time-related capabilities, interviews from enterprises for whom time and time services are integral to their applications and operational processes. It evaluates how a new time as-a-service offering from Equinix seeks to address both the limitations of current approaches to time and the evolving needs of modern enterprises.


  • How the new time as a service helps manage a globally distributed system
  • How can enterprises deliver secure, precise, reliable time synchronization for distributed systems specially in financial and health care industries
  • Growing need for robust and scalable technology for ordering events and generating timestamps

NTP servers, previously considered robust and secure, have recently been used to amplify large-scale distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks over the internet. …other DDoS attacks exploit faulty configurations rather than software vulnerabilities. In that regard, IDC has found that poor time synchronization not only entails inherent complexity and cost but also can result in vulnerabilities that open the door to damaging replay attacks

- Brad Casemore, Research VP, IDC

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