Data center design News
December 08, 2016
Durham County, N.C., had a traditional data center. But it also had forward-thinking employees looking at Cisco ACI fabric to lay the groundwork for tech innovation.
July 22, 2016
The ONOS project has introduced a Layer 2/3 leaf-spine fabric comprised of the group's operating system and Edgecore Networks' open switches.
May 02, 2016
New Verizon data centers are part of a two-pronged strategy of helping customers and taming suppliers through open technology.
March 08, 2016
Wireless networking company Aruba has introduced software upgrades, switches and APs for a growing IoT market.
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The transformative power of cloud computing is long past the point of being news. The cloud model, after all, has irrevocably changed how IT functions. What's interesting to consider is how cloud technologies and methodologies are changing even how on-premises data centers operate. Lessons learned in the cloud are now being applied on site, adjusting data center strategies in surprising ways.
When it comes to resource efficiency, the things that hyperscale cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform accomplish might seem like heroic feats. For sure, server utilization rates in an on-premises environment won't reach the 50%, or better, marks that hyperscale providers hit. Still, rates can be improved by emulating those cloud operators.
So how has cloud computing altered data center strategies?
New classes of products, most notably hyper-converged infrastructure and software-defined networking, now exist primarily because large cloud providers built environments that showed the value of these technologies.
Redundancy architectures, too, are not nearly as rigid as they were. The traditional 2N scheme, in which an organization maintains double the number of infrastructure components needed to run critical operations, is no longer considered the mandatory standard.
Further efficiency is found in rethinking high availability expectations. With more resilient applications, experts argue, a hardware failure shouldn't be the disruptive event it was in an earlier age.
These are lessons brought down from the cloud, ones that noticeably alter data center strategies. They show again how the quest for efficient and effective data centers is never quite complete.Continue Reading
ConvergeOne, a communications service provider, is working on a project in the education vertical that could help a school district recover $30 million in state aid. Continue Reading
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When consolidating data centers after a corporate merger, scrutinize custom software applications and security. You may improve IT operations. Continue Reading
With reduced hardware costs and more flexible lanes in the physical architecture, 25 Gigabit Ethernet may offer answers in oversubscribed data centers. Continue Reading
Will drought dry up the digital economy? With water scarcity a pressing concern, major data centers are re-examining water use for cooling. Continue Reading