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Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: CA Technologies, FalconStor, Data Centers

November 21, 2015

As we find new uses for the network as a whole, the need to change the network to accommodate these uses becomes all the more vital. This makes for a volatile market with plenty of upheaval, guaranteeing that network infrastructure changes with it. With a weekend afoot, it's a great time to analyze all these changes for ourselves, which we'll do now with our Week in Review coverage.

First came word that CA Technologies was departing the data center infrastructure management (DCIM) market. CA Technologies was a leader in this market, so its move to abandon the market altogether raised some eyebrows. A niche market with revenues projected at over $1 billion by 2019, CA Technologies' departure leaves potential opportunity for others to step in. With DCIM being both desirable and hated—many IT professionals don't understand DCIM tools—it may just be that CA Technologies got in a little too soon to realize profit.

Next, FalconStor Software took to the DCD Europe event to demonstrate its FreeStor SDS platform. Running as a part of a software-defined storage lineup, FreeStor SDS gives vendors extra flexibility by taking vendor lock-in out of the equation and allowing different hardware and software components to work with it. Its horizontal architecture offers greater efficiency and lower costs for users, and allows benefit to be had whether using flash storage, cloud only, or a hybrid of the two.

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Finally, we had a look at the data center market, and left with a grim projection: the traditional data center will be largely unaffordable in the next five years. With an increase of cloud and software-defined networking (SDN) stepping in, though, it means a major change afoot. With almost 40 percent of respondents calling cloud developments the biggest engine for change in the data center, and 30 percent giving SDN the top slot, it's clear where the changes are coming from. Flexibility and scalability, meanwhile, are top concerns, and cloud and SDN are top-notch on those fronts.

That was the week in transforming network infrastructure. Our global online community was at the heart of it all, retrieving and contextualizing all that news. So be sure to join us back here next week for all the latest from this rapidly-changing field, and every weekend for our Week in Review coverage!

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