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.
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!
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.
Who wants the hassle of running their own data centers?
Lots of large enterprises, evidently!
Cloud is booming, but a lot of companies are keeping a foot in both worlds. At the same time, many of the large telcos that were so eager to get into the colocation data center business over the past few years are now equally eager to get out – read on to find out what they’re moving into instead.
VMware pioneered the term “software-defined data center” (SDDC) as a way to refer to the virtualization of all of the hardware in the data center, not just servers. As useful as SDDC is, though, I think the phrase “data center” inherently narrows the view to a singular installation – a data center.
Modern networks, however, can span multiple owned data centers (and closets or “edge data centers”) across the globe, as well as colocation and cloud resources. Over-used as the acronym “SDN” may be, the software-defined network is still our real goal – a coherent network where location is no longer a limiting factor, in which servers, storage, switches and even the physical connectivity between devices are virtualized and centrally orchestrated via software from anywhere in the world.
Business demands on the network are constantly increasing, driven by the explosion of applications, IoT, big data, and more. Even hyperscale providers like Apple, Facebook and Google are racing to stay ahead of the curve, so how can enterprise keep up? This week’s news picks present a few options and considerations.
This week’s top news picks are all about the data center – and what we can expect to see in the future of data centers. Whether you wish for a micro-data center in every branch office, enjoy the hands-off computing of the cloud, or wonder about the future of colocation data centers, there’s something here for you.
Our big news this week is that a Fiber Mountain solution has been selected as a Best of Interop finalist in the Data Center category for the second year in a row!
You can view all of our fellow finalists in this excellent slideshow from Network Computing, or check out our CrossCage Plus solution to find out how we automate cross connects for colocation data centers!
In other news this week:
Last week, we were delighted to exhibit at ITEXPO East 2016, where Fiber Mountain was honored with a “Best Service Provider Solution” award for our CrossCage Plus automated cross connect solution for multi-tenant colocation data centers!
You can read all about the new solution, which makes use of our layer 1 SDN switching and Glass Core infrastructure, in Jonathan Reeves’ newest blog post. You can also read coverage of the announcement here.
Cross connect in seconds instead of days or weeks:
The cost and time involved in provisioning cross connects within multi-tenant colocation data centers is one of the biggest frustrations for the businesses they serve. The standard process requires manual provisioning by on-site technicians, and takes days or even weeks to complete even when everything goes smoothly.