New Generation Data Centers – Industry Growth

The Data Center is the modern-day heart of all our digital lives. Whether it’s photos, movies, or even work files; they are stored in some sort of data centre. As more and more services continue to move to the cloud, the next-generation data centres will become even larger than they already are today.

These next-gen data centres not only need to keep up with the current demands, but they also need to deliver new and emerging services that will continue to grow. One of those growing industries is streaming media, with companies like Netflix leading the pack. With its ever-growing collection of original content and 5 billion hours watched per month…you do the math.

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Data centres are also the backbone to a growing industry in 3D printing, with a study in 2013 by IDC showing that “by 2018, more than 50 per cent of global organizations will have 3D printers on-site and be using them for production purposes.” That means huge file transfers going from data centres to these next-generation data centres where they will most likely be stored and shared with other 3D printing companies, etc.

The data centre industry is continuing to grow at a rapid pace, which means the next generation of data centres will need to keep up. One way is by deploying software-defined networks (OpenFlow). Software-Defined Networking (SDN) helps assist in building these next-gen data centres by being able to manage, control and provision them much easier than in the past.

OpenFlow is a protocol that allows you to have a centralized controlling system for networks. It supports OpenFlow enabled hardware from vendors such as Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Mellanox Technologies Ltd., Enterasys Networks, NEC Networks and others. Data centres can now benefit by unifying their networks so they don’t have to provision each host separately.

OpenFlow has helped big data centre operators like Google save an estimated $100 million in 2012 alone by reducing the number of network devices used for running the business, “a 10 per cent improvement in utilization leads to a savings of around $100 million.”

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Without the extra rooms to house servers, new technologies are emerging that will allow data centre staff to deploy them at a much faster rate. One of those is containers, which are self-contained components that enable easier development and deployment.

Containers also enable a faster and easier to scale environment for your next-generation data centre, which is why companies have been flocking over to use them, such as Google and LinkedIn.

LinkedIn has been using containers in their next-gen data centres for the past year, which allowed them to cut down on time when recreating servers from scratch. The containers also allow data centre staff to reduce the number of virtual machines (VM) needed for each service. With an estimated cost savings of $2 million in 2013 alone, this will definitely be a great benefit for any data centre looking to deploy these next-generation data centres.

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Just like any emerging technology, there is always a bandwagon effect that takes place with containers; most of the big players in the market are doing it as well. Google has been using them for years with their own Borg system, IBM is creating a next-generation mainframe called LinuxOne which will run “containers inside a virtual machine”, and Microsoft announced support for containers last year.

Credit: IBM

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