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Data Center Interconnect Demand Expected for Data Centers

December 23, 2015

Data center technology changes come in rapid surges and the latest technology that will break is the construct of data center interconnect services. A recent report by 451 Research that focuses on data center technologies in 2016 predicts the demand for this technology to grow significantly in the year ahead. Data center interconnect services include the introduction of more robust management platforms, container systems deployment, and leaf-spine backbones. Driving this powerful integration is the need for enterprises to connect their data centers with cloud data centers. DCI is rapidly being adopted by the industry, and equipment vendors are adding DCI to services and products.

Data center interconnect technologies aid in the process of making a direct connection between data centers and cloud providers. Interconnected technology is foreseen as a key technology for making things such as hybrid cloud and modern application delivery work. Application delivery and infrastructure models have become more complex, instituting layers of compute, processing, and network that span datacenters as well as the cloud. The body of data center interconnect technologies provide a data plane that enables data transfers to and from the data center and cloud provider. These technologies come with service orchestration which manages the interconnections.

Additionally, the forecast anticipates increased planning ahead of forthcoming 25 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 50 GbE switches, while 40 GbE deployments continue in the market. Containerization will continue to grow based on operational advantages that have raised the bar for efficiency in virtualized data centers. Container deployment will still have some adoption and maturity challenges as the growth of the practice encounters an experience and initiative curve. 

Hyper-convergence is one subject that appears to be on the wane. The analysis emphasizes that there was too much focus on storage for some time and a growing awareness has taken hold that focuses on application delivery and management.  

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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