As I finish my final week here at Fiber Mountain, I have been reflecting on my first “adult job”. Growing up working in the food and beverage industry, working in an office gave me an unexpected jolt of culture shock. I couldn’t believe that socializing among coworkers didn’t warrant a sharp “get back to work!” I was absolutely floored that my boss even encouraged this behavior! Now I see that it’s a great way to build team spirit and encourage collaboration.
With the ever-growing demand for big data, innovative data center technology is as important as ever. Last week, I discussed the future of software-defined wide-area-networks in 2018, which are expected to skyrocket in popularity. This week, we’ll cover another noteworthy topic: hyperscale data centers.
As we enter the new year, I’ve been reading articles about network trends, and one in particular caught my eye. SD-WAN made a big splash in 2017, as today’s featured articles show. Will it continue to be a trend in 2018? Only time will tell!
Topics: News of the Week
It’s no question that technology has vastly surpassed all expectations in the past ten years, but with all the recent news about compromised customer data, it’s easy to believe that security measures have struggled to keep up. On the contrary, companies are investing significant time and money to solve this ever-growing issue. What does the future hold? There’s no need to build a time machine to find out; today’s featured articles give us a few hints.
Looking at the future – and even the present – the only thing we can be sure of is change. This week’s featured articles all focus around that uncertain certainty, whether we look at data center designs or delve into the impact of software on both military activity and more general transportation.
Data center efficiency isn’t a new challenge, but the methods used to improve PUE and other power consumption concerns are constantly evolving. It’s easy to focus on how hyperscales like Facebook and Google are pushing the envelope, but this week’s featured articles showcase some different angles.
Topics: data center
Curating industry news to share on Fiber Mountain’s social media accounts provides an interesting insight into the ebb and flow of trends. “Digital Transformation,” for instance, first started gaining ground about two years ago and now it’s everywhere. “SDN” has been fading this year, surpassed by an assortment of other “software-defined” offerings.
And now, I’m noticing “Software-Defined Data Center” (SDDC) popping up in unexpected places, as more and more vendors try to find (or create) a role for themselves in the delivery of more dynamic and agile networks.
On-premises data centers aren’t so much dying as fading into the background – still around, but neither exciting nor high-priority for many organizations. As the Cloud boom continues, it’s interesting to see a new ecosystem developing around the range of off-premises computing services, from colocation space to SaaS and IaaS, and now marketplaces to help customers to find the right ecosystem vendor or supplier for their needs.
And then there’s the International Space Station… which I think counts as the ultimate edge computing application, at least for now!
Technology is certainly an essential component of today’s digital transformation efforts, but is it in the driver’s seat? Today’s articles once again indicate that it is business (or organizational) needs that drive the selection and deployment of technology in successful initiatives.
Technology for the sake of technology doesn’t increase efficiency, efficacy or value – but new technology implementations guided by business needs can deliver all three.
Digital transformation – companies around the world realize it’s important, but making it work is a different matter. There are all sorts of “X Rules” type articles, but I tend to think that concrete examples are more likely to provide useful insights. Even when those examples come from vastly different industries or teams, there’s always something that can translate over to your own situation.
And they’re more fun too! Even if you don’t take away any specific ideas for your digital transformation strategy, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this week’s featured articles.
Topics: digital transformation