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DCI Platforms Evolving to Keep Pace with Digital Transformation

March 27, 2017

Automation is permeating every corner of the networking world and is heavily impacting data center architectures and data center interconnect (DCI) platforms. The technology world is expanding to Web-scale proportions, and networks are undergoing a digital transformation to meet the rigorous demands of the cloud, mobility and high-bandwidth specialty services.

This climate is transforming the data center and, more specifically, DCI platforms and networks. A recent report from Research and Markets indicates the global DCI market is growing at a healthy 10.8 percent CAGR from 2016 through 2022, driven by demand from a variety of vertical markets for more secure backup and replication of mission-critical data and applications, in multiple locations. The main drivers include healthcare companies, banks and manufacturers.

Cloud deployment of DCI is growing and is expected to be a significant trend, while on-premises DCI platforms and solutions still comprised more

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than 80 percent of the market last year. Even so, Research and Markets predicts the cloud will cut into that market share as the technology climate dictates demand for more private and hybrid DCI deployments. Communication service providers (CSPs) and hyperscale Internet content providers (ICPs) are the main users of DCI and are driving the market for applications and solutions. Enterprises are also steadily deploying DCI solutions as well to keep pace with networking demands.

One of the common traits among DCI end users is the need for automation and management, including keeping networks open and programmable, automating routine tasks and collecting data points so they may be scrutinized through analytics. Optical DCI platforms typically support both open APIs and programmability, making them an ideal fit for CSPs, ICPs and large enterprises as they build out and re-architect their networks. These solutions are also inherently automated, featuring benefits like zero-touch provisioning, topology discovery to ensure DCI devices are connected and operating correctly, and automated encryption.

As the digital transformation takes hold, networks and data centers are undergoing significant changes and DCIs are a major part of that. The networking world is moving toward a software-defined approach that embraces open standards, interoperability and automation. DCI platforms, whether they be premises-based or cloud-based, need to support these goals to keep pace with the network transformation happening among CSPs, ICPs and enterprises.

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