The role of the traditional on-premises data center has been changing for years, as enterprise workloads have made an exodus to the cloud, and more recently to the edge of the network, in pursuit of benefits including cost savings, better performance and greater flexibility. According to analyst firm Gartner, 10 percent of enterprises will have shut down their traditional data center by the end of 2018 -- a figure that's expected to rise to 80 percent by 2025. Cisco, meanwhile, predicts that by 2021, 94 percent of workloads and compute instances will be processed by cloud data centers, with just six percent processed by traditional data centers.Still, for the next few years at least, there will be plenty of enterprise data centers housing workloads that, for whatever reason (technical, economic, security or compliance, for example), have not migrated to the cloud. A big task now facing enterprises is to assess the cloud-readiness of their on-premises application portfolios, and … [Read more...] about Data centers: The future is software-defined
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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2018--The "Global Data Center Networks Market - Segmented by Product (Ethernet Switches, Storage Area Network, Routers), End-user Vertical & Region - Growth, Trends & Forecast (2018 - 2023)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.The Global Data Center Networks Market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.23%, during the forecast period of 2018-2023.The scope of the report is limited to product, including Ethernet switches, storage area network, routers, and others, and end-user vertical including BFSI, healthcare, retail, government, and others. The study also emphasizes the benefits of evidence management in accordance with diverse industries, and future prospect of the same.The growth in data center networks is attributed to diverse factors, including rising demand for automation and increasing generation of big data. The companies requiring data management systems are outsourcing the services to data center providers. … [Read more...] about Data Center Networks to 2023: Global Market Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities and Challenges
As you implement digital transformation strategies, you need to plan for an explosion in traffic growth. Consequently, you need to build data centers using the same state-of-the-art principles the hyperscales have adopted: A leaf spine Clos design, which accommodates large amounts of east-west traffic, is essential to support today’s web applications A multi-hardware vendor strategy, leveraging both established hardware vendors (Arista, Cisco, Dell, Juniper, Mellanox), and open alternatives (Cumulus and OCP hardware) Major investments in automation and analytics for efficient scalable operations. Doing this right means embracing a disaggregated approach, separating the hardware, choice of network operating system, and automation layer. If you are a regular attendee of the OCP Summit, ONS Conference, or ONUG Conferences, you are familiar with these best-practice approaches deployed by Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Amazon.Hardware lock-in versus DIY – flawed choicesAs for … [Read more...] about Build vs buy for your next-gen data center network infrastructure?
The demand for effective networks has skyrocketed in recent years, with companies all around the world trying to scale their data networks to accommodate the increasing number of users and devices that rely on them.The result has been a scramble to modify often outdated technology, creating stop-gap measures that resolve problems in the short-term but are likely to create issues down the road.Many CIOs and CTOs miss the opportunity to truly upgrade their networks by taking shortcuts, and while there may be some initial savings, the long term costs could be astronomical.The not-so-secret tool of forward-thinking CIOsThat’s why a number of companies are beginning to proactively invest in upgraded networks through improving their data center interconnect. Technopedia defines data center interconnect as, “a technique used in enterprise IT infrastructures that have multiple owned or partnered data centers. Typically, data center interconnect is achieved by connecting data … [Read more...] about The strength of networks depends on data center interconnect
Data is piling up, and storage keeps getting faster thanks to flash, so the networks that link it all together need to keep up, too. Both traditional Fibre Channel and more general-use protocols used in storage keep steadily ratcheting up performance. On Wednesday, Cisco Systems is boosting the speed of long-distance storage links for disaster recovery and business continuity. It’s also introducing higher speeds for IP (Internet Protocol) storage networks in data centers and enhancing its software to simplify storage management. Fibre Channel hangs on as the glue that binds together SANs (storage area networks) because it’s dependable and secure, said 451 Research analyst Steven Hill. A majority of large enterprise installations use it even though typically cheaper IP-based systems like iSCSI have been around for years, he said. But Fibre Channel doesn’t reach far enough to connect two storage systems in different metropolitan areas, so enterprises need something … [Read more...] about Cisco revs up storage connections for data centers and WANs