What’s in store for the data center in 2018? Where will the areas of growth be? Our partner Cisco recently published Gartner’s 10 IT Infrastructure Trends for 2018, and we agree with their predictions for edge computing. We’ve also added three other areas where we see data center technology growth. Here are our thoughts:
- Edge Computing. Sometimes this is referred to as the Edge Data Center, edge computing as defined by IDC is a “mesh network of micro data centers that process or store critical data locally and push all received data to a central data center or cloud storage repository, in a footprint of less than 100 square feet.” With the number of devices capturing data increases, (IoT, smart technologies, etc.) the need to access this data quickly and more efficiently will also increase. The edge data center solves this challenge.
Santhosh Rao, principal research analyst at Gartner states: “Currently, around 10% of enterprise-generated data is created and processed outside a traditional centralized data center or cloud. By 2022, Gartner predicts this figure will reach 50%”
- All Flash. Gartner predicts that 50% of data centers will use solid state arrays (SSAs) by 2021, which is a five-fold increase from current usage. Our partner NetApp has been consistently in the leadership quadrant for SSAs for addressing next-generation distributed applications and for delivering benefits such as scale-out, guaranteed performance, automated management, and data assurance – which are all necessary with the growth and reliance on data in today’s application-driven environment. All-flash solutions also help keep data center design in check with reduced reliance on HDD.
- Software-Defined Networking to Improve Network Security. VMware NSX, the network virtualization and security solution, enables the creation of networks in software and effectively embeds them in the hypervisor layer. VMware NSX also embeds security functions into the hypervisor, delivering microsegmentation and granular security to individual workloads—delivering a fundamentally more secure data center. NSX enables security policies to travel with specific workloads, independent of where they are in the network topology.
VMware NSX leverages Software-Defined Networking (SDN) to provide better visibility into on-going attacks and can adapt your security posture automatically. NSX reduces your risk to growing threats through microsegmentation of your network helping you realize the full potential of your Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).
- Software-Defined Storage. With data growing at a faster rate than ever before, organizations simply don’t have the time or resources to delete old data. As a result, traditional backup systems today are typically storing 10 times more data than organizations actually use. This causes storage challenges. In fact, 451 Research, a preeminent IT research and advisory company, recently named backups, backup windows, and tape media management among the top 10 problems for most organizations.
Software-defined storage, also known as object store technology, helps organizations address their growing data needs while reducing costs and complexity. Instead of using expensive hardware storage to provide five 9s uptime, object storage uses software and inexpensive disk to protect your organization’s data.
We’ll revisit these predictions later this year to see how we did. Regardless, data and network security will continue to drive much of the technologies that infrastructures will demand.