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.
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!
The pace of change in technology is accelerating, opening up new opportunities for both efficiency and efficacy. It’s a challenge - evaluating and implementing new technologies takes a combination of time, resources and in-depth understanding of present and evolving needs.
It will take time for larger organizations to implement tools like SDN and dynamic infrastructures – especially government organizations weighted down by regulations written to address now-outdated technologies and best-practices. Fortunately, there are also a growing number of examples available to lead the way - making potential benefits clear and giving insight into the situational pros and cons of different options.
What does AI have to do with networks and data centers? Expanding applications of AI – from analyzing big data to automating processes – will contribute to the growing demand for data center resources. Hopefully, AI and machine learning will also contribute to the solutions, from security and efficiency to managing dynamic network infrastructures.
While a lot of the articles featured here have to do with massive centralized cloud and colocation data centers, there’s also a need for compute power closer to the user. This “edge” covers a lot of ground – from the idea of a mini data center on every street corner providing real-time compute power for driverless cars, to full sized data centers built in underserved countries to address the problem of transcontinental lag.
Cloud computing is all the rage, but colocation data center demand is also on the rise. Just like enterprise data centers, they face the challenges caused by increasing demands for computation and bandwidth. Unlike enterprise-owned data centers, however, colocation providers thrive on building out new space! Still, tenant concerns about costs and reliability are driving new alliances and standards, which add a few challenges of their own.
Is digital transformation just the buzzword du jour? Maybe, but there are real business and technical needs driving all of the trends that fall into that bucket. This week’s articles may not mention digital transformation in so many words, but they all address the changes to both IT infrastructure and business processes that are necessary for companies of all sizes to stay competitive in today’s – and tomorrow’s - world.