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.
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.
We had a great week at Interop ITX in Las Vegas, and Bill will be posting a summary soon. In the meantime, though, I hope you enjoy this roundup of my favorite articles of the week! As always, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for interesting commentary on the state of network and data center technology, with a focus on the new technologies and approaches that will be needed in the future.
Read on for more about IoT, data center infrastructure, and dynamic physical networks.
Topics: data center
What does “edge data center” mean to you? Looking at the first two articles today, I would say it’s any concentration of networking capacity located according to where it’s needed, no matter how challenging it is to accomplish it. That means an edge data center can be as small as a rolling suitcase, or as big as it needs to be. What matters is bringing that computing power closer to where it’s needed, so that availability is no longer impacted by latency or unreliable infrastructure.
Fiber Mountain’s news this week is that we will be exhibiting in Booth #334 at Interop ITX in Las Vegas. Our CEO, M. H. Raza, will be speaking about Automating the Physical Layer on Wednesday, May 17th at 1:20pm. If you haven’t registered yet, use our discount code FIBER to get 15% off your conference pass. We’re looking forward to the show and planning an exciting announcement, so be sure to stay tuned!
Moving on to more general industry news, this week I saw a cluster of data center articles popping up. Much as I enjoy reading about digital transformation, I never forget that infrastructure is a big part of that – especially the webscale and hyperscale data centers that make cloud computing possible.
If you read this blog regularly, you know I’m fascinated by digital transformation (DX) and how Fiber Mountain can contribute to successful DX implementation. We focus on bringing the agility of software to the physical layer of networks and data centers, adding intelligence to the physical connections that are so easy to take for granted.
I’ve argued before that legacy infrastructure, including standard “dumb” physical connectivity, is part of what holds enterprise back from implementing DX. It didn’t surprise me when this week’s news featured two separate studies supporting that conclusion!
The stereotypical data center is a nondescript gray building with obscure signage and tighter-than normal security. That the community is rarely aware of the high-tech contents is just another security measure, right?
On the other hand, data centers and the companies that own them are part of their communities, like it or not, and some of them are starting to embrace that fact rather than playing it down. One aspect of that trend is the growing commitment to renewable energy sources for data centers, but this week I noticed a few more visible examples you might enjoy:
Happy Friday! I'll start with our own news: this week, Fiber Mountain published a Cisco-approved press release on the LS-2520 QSFP breakout solution for their NCS 1002 unit. Sushin Suresan (Cisco Product Manager) says "The Fiber Mountain team has created the a great companion to the NCS 1002 that simplifies operations for break-out applications and Cisco is enthusiastic about early customer feedback."
Moving on to industry news, is it just me, or is everyone looking at the future of data center design lately? Read on for more on SDDC, the latest from Microsoft's Project Natick team, and the potential for voice-controlled data center provisioning. (Alexa, I'd like a new VM!)
Towards the end of every week, I open up all of the articles we’ve shared on social media recently to look for interesting themes and through-lines to share with you in the weekly roundup. This week, the one that jumped out at me was the potential for virtual and augmented reality to finally start hitting the mainstream – and what that’s going to mean for our network infrastructures.
2016 – from celebrity deaths to politics, it has been a turbulent year. Perhaps that’s why I haven’t seen the usual flood of “looking back at 2016” lists – or maybe I’m just looking in the wrong places? In any case, I enjoy taking a look back in the last week of the year, and the following three articles fit the bill nicely. Read on for a glimpse of the year that was - in data centers, digital transformation and technology.