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Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: Binary Tree, Emerson Network, Facebook

January 23, 2016

Storage/Hadoop took the top spot in our recent poll asking: What applications are the most critical drivers of your infrastructure upgrades? It came in at about 45 percent. 4K ultra HD technology came in second, garnering more than 30 percent support from the Transforming Network Infrastructure community. File Transfer/Backup got the fewest votes, at 22 percent.

Speaking of key trends, containers have become a hot new area of interest and activity in recent months, and this week were a covered topic on Transforming Network Infrastructure.

More than three out of four IT decision makers are interested in running stateful applications such as databases within containers, according to a Robin Systems survey. The key motivations driving that interest, that survey suggests, are workload consolidation and lower performance overhead as compared to traditional virtualization.

“Containers are extremely portable and very efficient to construct,” Twistlock Inc. CEO Ben Bernstein told me in an interview this week. “They take the process of continuous delivery and continuous integration to another degree that was previously impossible. That is the single most important reason that containers have become the darling of developers.” 

Also this week, Binary Tree unveiled a new version of the SMART Windows Server Migrator. This solution includes testing, reporting, share migration, status reporting, automated consolidation, and a centralized console.

Making the data center more available and power-efficient are also two ongoing areas of work in our industry. As Tara Seals illustrated in her report for Transforming Network Inrfastructure earlier this week, Aligned Data Centers, Facebook, Panasonic and others are working on the power angle.

As for availability, a new study from Emerson Network and Ponemon Institute indicates downtime of data centers has been increasing, to an average outage cost of $740,357.

The average total cost per minute of an unplanned outage has increased from $5,617 in 2010 to $8,851 today, and the maximum downtime costs increased 81 percent since 2010 to $2,409,991.

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