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Networks Can Support Massive Data Upgrade, Study Finds

May 04, 2017

Yesterday, WinterGreen Research released a 105 page study, entitled “Scale Supports Non-Blocking Network Inside Mega Data Center Building and More Efficient Processing,” which examined the ability of the current network infrastructure to support and scale next generation data management solutions.

The reason that this question has suddenly become much more pertinent is because of the recent push towards the cloud as the future of computing. Businesses especially are attracted to cloud computing solutions, as they allow employees to work together instantly from anywhere in the world, resulting in reduced costs and greater ability to connect with specialists. As such, more and more businesses are implementing cloud based technologies.

The issue that has many technology experts worried is the amount of computing space that these enterprises are taking up. Because so much

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information is being stored in the cloud, more online processing power than ever before is becoming necessary in order to tackle the massive amounts of data management that all of these cloud based applications generate.

As of right now, experts are confident that the current, legacy network infrastructure will be able to handle the data management needs. However, the amount of businesses and individuals relying heavily on the cloud is expected to grow at an exponential rate in the next 20 years. Thus, the ability to scale networks in the future will be an incredibly important endeavor for network providers.

“Scale is an essential aspect of the data center positioning for these leading companies. These companies use Clos networks as their data center implementations,” reads the report. “This module addresses how and why scale in the mega data center is important. The market shift to non-blocking network inside data center building means companies have to hit a certain scale before Clos networks work.”

The fact that reports like these are looking so far into the future is a good sign for the future of the cloud. Network providers are aware of the fact that, although they can handle the current demands of the market, they will soon need to scale rapidly. Providers are thus already planning for the distant future. 

Edited by Alicia Young

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