Data centers aren’t going away any time soon. Enterprise data centers are expected to continue growing, with one study reporting most survey respondents expect to at least double the amount of physical servers in their data centers by 2019.
151 North American organizations surveyed by IHS Markit said the investment is primarily designed to impact application performance (75% of respondents) and scalability (71%). For over half, data continues to increase as well with investments in software defined storage (53%) and NAS (52%).
Not to be ignored, infrastructure investments will also continue in switches, routers, security appliances, load balancers and WAN optimization appliances. Leading vendors in enterprise data center Ethernet switches were identified as Cisco, Dell, HPE, Juniper and Huawei.
73% of servers are expected to be running hypervisors by 2019, an increase of 3% from today’s numbers.
“Application architectures are evolving with the increased adoption of software containers and micro-services coupled with a Dev/Ops culture of rapid and frequent software builds. In addition, we see new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) incorporated into applications. These applications consume network bandwidth in a very dynamic and unpredictable manner and make new demands on servers for increased parallel computation,” said Cliff Grossner Ph.D., senior research director and advisor for cloud and data center at IHS Markit.
Uplogix and the enterprise data center
The automated support features of the Uplogix can drastically reduce the time spent on routine data center maintenance tasks, leading to greater standardization and lower support costs. Uplogix has a number of features that are useful as enterprise data centers continue to grow:
- Providing a safety net by quickly pinpointing and recovering from erroneous configuration changes via the transaction-based, SurgicalRollback™ feature, preventing unscheduled downtime
- Rapidly reducing the MTTR from an outage through automated, rules-based diagnosis and recovery
- Removing the need to manage network-connected devices over the network through management automation and secure out-of-band access
- Protecting and ensuring security policies through a robust authentication, authorization and accounting model (AAA), and customizable user access controls
- Maintaining consistent, best-practice procedures for manually executing or automating hundreds of routine maintenance tasks including configuration, patch and policy management—which leads to cost savings, higher uptime and increased management security
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