Resiliency Estimated to be a Major Concerning Factor for Global Data Centers Market

Resiliency Estimated to be a Major Concerning Factor for Global Data Centers Market

The aim of performing more with less is applicable not just to resources within data center but also in number of data centers that the enterprise includes under management. These data center distributed footprints sometimes evolved on the local level, while others witnessed regional, national and international proportions. Significant obstacles represented by data centers to higher digital agility, owing to outdated architectures and high cost, doesn’t depend upon their development process. As a result, several organizations are stepping aboard on lengthy programs associated with data center consolidation.

Consolidation of Data Centers- Resiliency to be a Major Concerning Factor

Rising software-defined data environments, virtual infrastructure and cloud services have resulted into various leading enterprises to figure out that they do not require similar network of owned-and-operated data centers which they once did. Consolidation being a worthwhile effort undoubtedly, must not take place in a vacuum. Every effort for streamlining data infrastructure must be assisted with a movement for coordinating IT activities to the enterprise’s core mission needs. A major factor concerning consolidation is resiliency. However, cloud environment architected by a property is capable of improving resiliency even though resource consumption diminishes. Various legacy data center lack accurate record-keeping and granular visibility for maintaining control over assets and data, which a decent cloud provider must offer.

The global data center market is projected to witness 11.5% CAGR during 2016 to 2024 as per a study by Persistence Market Research (PMR).

Factors Influencing the Growth of Global Data Centers Market Include

  • Soaring digital transformation through connected technology, mobile devices and IoT (internet of things) demanding datacenter ecosystem for high speed deployment, scalability, security, flexibility & availability of data.
  • Change in focus on cloud provisioning, cloud-based deployment, cloud computing, cloud migration and automation.
  • Companies focusing on cloud’s inherent benefits such as ease of deployment, flexibility and scalability.
  • Allocation of resources by companies to hybrid, private and public cloud environments.
  • Provision of high level of automation by software defined datacenters.
  • Increasing demand from converged Infrastructure for operational efficiency, bandwidth, security and mobility.

Ascent’s Acquisition of Two Enterprise-Grade Data Centers

Ascent, a leading comprehensive data center solutions provider, recently in partnership with TowerBrook Capital Partners made an announcement about its acquisition of two enterprise-grade data centers, one each in Toronto and Greater Atlanta markets. Ascent along with the seller, a global technology company, intruded into partial leasebacks at the properties for data center space, known as AscentTOR1 and AscentATL1 Data Centers. The arrangement of sale leaseback enables customers to focus on their core business and provides them with a partner in the facility operations of their data centers. At the same time, this sale leaseback arrangement permits Ascent in introducing additional purpose-built high-quality assets to market within its soaring data center portfolio.

Facebook to Customize its Servers to Meet its Requirements

Facebook, well-known for its single-app data centers, is in the procedure of updating facilities by using self-designed server hardware for keeping up with the waterfall of new content from its 1.8 billion users every day. On the first day of Open Compute Project event, 8th March 2017, Facebook made an announcement of commencing a new server refresh project requiring it to remove all old equipment for making space for its recently unveiled design. The Open Compute Project is an organisation that shares data center product designs across companies including Facebook, Nokia, Apple, Seagate Technology, Rackspace, Cisco, Goldman Sachs, Lenovo, Intel, Google, Microsoft, Dell, Ericsson, Jupiter Networks, Fidelity and Bank of America. Facebook’s refresher includes GPS servers & compute servers, all new storage chassis, latest version of Yosemite- Facebook’s multi-node compute platform. All design specifications are available on Open Compute Project Site. Owing to Facebook’s 1.8+ billion users, it has been forced to construct its own customized servers for serving its needs.

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Demand for Managed Security Services Expected to Gain Traction in the Near Future

Managed security services are used for systematic supervision of all security apparatus deployed in an organization. Such services are typically outsourced to third party vendors commonly known as managed security service providers. By outsourcing them, organizations cut down on additional expenses on their security needs, which is well taken care of by third party vendors. The services offered by managed security services providers are efficient, cost effective, secure and are constantly upgraded to tackle new incoming security threats. Moreover, these services adhere to all regulatory compliances, offering 24-hour support.

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There are various services that fall under managed security services namely anti-viral services, on-site consulting, vulnerability management, security audits and compliance monitoring, intrusion detection system, threat management, security information and event management, virtual private network, perimeter management of the network of the client, penetration testing, round the clock monitoring, firewall management, DDoS attacks, and endpoint security and product resale. In addition, these services have become an essential need in sectors such as BFSI, retail, healthcare, telecommunication and IT, industrial manufacturing, energy and utilities and government.

On the backdrop of increasing frequencies of malicious cyber-attacks, organizations are forced to deploy high-end managed security services. Furthermore, organizations can reach economies of scales by outsourcing such service requirements. Effective cyber intelligence is essential for delivering instantaneous response to real-time incidents. This, in turn, is expected to fuel the demand for cyber analytics including filtering of the appropriate thread feeds, rejecting suspicious and inappropriate data, suggesting the right means to handle the data and also analyzing security event log data. Most of the organizations lack the capability and resource to support these function. Thus, this leads to partnering with expert security service providers to minimizing risks and receive efficient network support for analyzing and monitoring. Moreover, organizations may sometimes invest heavily in creating in-house networks security infrastructure, which may quickly become outdated with arrival of newer technologies. This makes outsourcing of managed security services even more important in order to limit heavy investments for creating short-term solutions.

On the other hand, managed security service providers face severe problems in scaling their business owing to low levels of scalability of such platforms and security tool in the market. Likewise, these services do not come as pre-packaged security technologies. Moreover, limited backend support is a major flaw in a majority of managed security service applications. The risk associated with handling sensitive and critical data of the organization by third party vendors due to the apparent risk of information leak is an additional factor expected to inhibit the demand for third-party managed security services.

Trends

Managed security service providers are strongly focusing on providing extended and customized service according to the requirement of the organization. For instance, Avnet, Inc. has recently launched an advanced managed security service program to cater to the specific requirements that the clients demand. The program is currently available only in North America. The company believes the program will support its client to improve their security practices without spending a hefty amount. Avnet has named the managed security service program as ‘Recon’, which will be a part of its security specialist business unit. The program offers 24×7 surveillance and management. Further, the program runs on a unified security management system that offers continuous reconstruction and threat detection.

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Conclusion

By the end of 2016, the global market for managed security services is anticipated to surpass US$ 19 Billion and is estimated to reach a market valuation of US$ 100.88 Billion by 2026. The market in North America is expected to grow at a healthy pace in the near future owing to the strong presence of major managed security services providers in the region.

Rapid Adoption of PACS Worldwide expected to Support the Growth of its Global Market

Picture archiving or communication system (PACS) is a digital data storing and imaging technology used in the medical industry. In recent past, demand for cloud-based PACS has gained traction having higher flexibility as compared to traditional systems. The cloud-based PAC systems require internet connectivity for processing and storing patient data and images. Using the internet, cloud-based PAC system stores and transfers patient information in the cloud at the very moment they are created. Moreover, such systems provide instant access to patient data anytime and anywhere. Cloud-based PACS operates on a modular design that uses house data for digital storage. Most service providers use offsite cloud location for keeping all the software and hardware.

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Cloud-based PAC system applies dynamic provisioning that enables it to expand along with the organization (clinics, hospitals, diagnostic centers, and others). Administrators, technicians, and physicians can easily access such systems using secured logging interface over the internet. Thus, enabling physicians and health officials to work from remote locations with quick and easy transferring of patient data during referrals.

The rapid adoption of healthcare IT services and increasing use of diagnostic imaging systems are expected to influence the demand for cloud-based PACS in the coming years. The use of diagnostic imaging in large integrated health institutes has grown substantially. In addition, arrival of the latest diagnostic imaging systems in the market, which are capable of producing high-definition images for archiving and storing are successfully drawing higher consumer attention. This, in turn, is expected to drive the demand for cloud-based storage space.

Small hospitals, diagnostic centers, and clinics are swiftly adopting to specialized PACS tools owing to the increasing usage of similar cutting-edge scanners and CT. The latest models of PACSs are designed to cater the changing requirements of healthcare facilities. Small healthcare organizations are rapidly shifting toward the use of advanced imaging and scanning systems, thus, propelling the demand for PACS from such organizations. Favorable government policies are further encouraging healthcare IT adoption. Governments in various parts of the world have realized the importance and benefits of healthcare IT. Therefore, it is anticipated that the demand for advanced healthcare technology will grow in the near future.

On the other hand, high cost of initial system setup and installation, slow rate of penetration, lack of skilled technicians to operate PAC systems and poor management are likely to inhibit the overall market growth PACS.

Utility Extension

Deployment of advanced PACS allows clinicians to capture, process, store, manage and share medical date both internally and externally. However, PACS installation entails certain prerequisites such as plug-ins and mandatory electrical support systems that ensure efficient working of a PACS. Technicians and service providers are programming PACSs with intelligent computation features enabling better client data management. Clinicians and operators can access cloud-based PACS by logging via secured online pathways.

Trends

In recent past, healthcare institutes and organizations across the globe have exhibited a strong demand for picture archiving and communication system and similar technologies. For example, the US defense medical department has recently announced to deploy cardiovascular imaging systems (CVIS) at six of its centers. California-based ScImage, Inc. has been hired for carrying the installation process.

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Conclusion

By 2026 end, the market for loud-based PACS is expected to cross US$ 1090 Million in value. Globally, imaging modalities are expected to witness a strong demand in the category of cloud-based PACS components. North America exhibits a substantial demand for PACS modalities and is expected to maintain a similar trend in near future. This is primarily due to a healthy presence of major PAC system developers and service providers, which is prominent factor sustaining the market for cloud-based PACS in North America both in terms of growth and revenue.

Why the Use of Imaging Technology is Essential to Development of Precision Agriculture

Introduction

Site specific crop management (SSCM) or satellite farming is popularly known as precision agriculture (PA). It is an advanced farming technology based on measurement, responsiveness and observation of intra and inter-field volatility in crops.

The advent of satellite navigation or satnav system (GNSS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) has strengthened the propositions of precision agriculture in the recent years. Precision agriculture is aimed at supporting farm management by establishing an artificial decision support system. In addition, such farming technology may optimize returns and increase production capacity while preserving resources. Technology as such, enables farmers to map and locate their positions in a field with the help of advanced GPS technology.

Precision agriculture helps farmers evaluate the viability of agricultural inputs at a given condition by anticipating spatial variability of several variables such as topography/terrain features, crop yield, moisture levels, soil quality and other subordinate readings.

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Importance of Imaging Technology in Precision Agriculture 

Precision agriculture is a combination of several advanced farming technologies such as crop yield monitoring system, GPS, and variable rate technology. However, much of these technologies are majorly assisted by graphical or imagery inputs. These graphical inputs are generated using a unique field imaging technology. Over the recent past, the application of imaging technology in precision agriculture has significantly increased. The technology offers a vivid and far more precise evaluation of geographical anatomies. Imaging equipment is mounted on farm vehicles such as unmanned tractors and drones capable of feeding both ground and aerial images. Farmers can use these imageries to assess water quality and nitrogen levels.  Furthermore, farmers use such images to make well-informed decisions o resource allocation and monitor real-time crop health during cultivation period.

Lack of agricultural workforce is compelling farmers to adopt to such artificial intelligence services which can enable remote operation. Thereby, helping farmers to fully control and operate their farming equipment such as unmanned tractors and drones through handheld computers and laptops from a distant position. Similarly, manufacturers are focusing on developing autonomous equipment capable of sowing and cultivating crop without much of human involvement. Introduction of advanced imagery technologies that can measure plant condition by reading chlorophyll content, canopy vigor and water stress of each individual crop is positively influencing the harvest cycle.

Innovation in Unmanned Vehicle Technology

Advancements and innovation in imaging technology are translating into higher yield with better quality. Scientists and equipment manufacturing companies are jointly working on developing smart imaging technology for irrigation purpose. Experimental projects that involve unmanned farm vehicles with high-end cameras that can identify crops and initiate automated image analysis are expected to revolutionize cultivation methods.  Such advanced technologies are expected to aid farmers in estimating yield prior to the harvest, subsequently, suggesting adequate measures during the harvest and post management including marketing, storage, shipping and sales. For instance, CNH Industrial a prominent agriculture equipment manufacturing company has recently showcased an autonomous concept tractor at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, United states. The concept vehicle has an onboard radar system LiDAR (light imaging, detection and ranging) and is mounted with several high definition cameras capturing different angles. The vehicle is capable of sensing any moving or stationary object in its path and automatically readjust itself towards the most efficient route. Moreover, the vehicle can run around the clock and can be fully operated via remote operating devices.

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Conclusion

Factors such as introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), cost effectiveness, enhanced data accuracy and user-friendly modules are expected to accelerate the use of imaging technology for precision farming. The global market for imaging technology for precision agriculture is estimated to surpass US$ 1,165 Million in revenues by the end of 2024.

Sonobuoy: An Underwater Technology

A device for detecting and identifying the underwater moving objects is known as sonobuoy. Typically, this device is used for detecting submarines and this is done either by passive detection or active detection. Passive detection is done by listening sounds made by machinery and propellers while active detection is done by bouncing a sonar i.e. pinging off the submarine surface. For submarine localization and detection, multi-static techniques are used and these techniques use separate passive receiver and active source sonobuoys. Specialized kind of sonobuoys are able to detect magnetic anomalies and electric fields along with measuring parameters of environment such as air temperature, wave height, water temperature vs. depth, and barometric pressure. These devices are usually released from an aircraft which are armed for launch and also have an electronic equipment for processing and receiving data sent by these devices.

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Sonobuoys are acoustics system used to assist antisubmarine warfare in sonobuoy system of US Navy. Actually, they are dropped from ship or aircraft into the ocean for receiving underwater sounds and few of them are also proficient in operating as sources of active acoustic system. The size of these devices are approx. 3ft long and 5in diameter along with a radio transmitter for sending back signals to ship and aircraft. By developing a specific pattern in sunobuoys, exact target location can be detectedc Moreover, sonobuoys are also used for listening earthquake activity and for recording calls of marine mammals. When the sonobuoys are ejected from watercraft or aircraft from canisters, radio transmitter floats on water surface while hydrophone sensors, an underwater microphone used for sound recording are released into the water.

Additionally, growing need among emerging economies for strengthening their operations on anti-submarine operations and for monitoring natural resources are key growth driving factors of the global market for sonobuoy. Sonobuoys demand is mainly related with the expansion of anti-submarine market. Moreover, passive sonobuoys demand is anticipated to grow due to the fact that without notifying the target substance, it performs tracking and detection and this is anticipated to imitate in the revenue prediction. However, strict regulations, high prices related with deployment, sonobuoy monitoring and limitations related with technology are few factors hindering the market growth of sonobuoy globally.

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Moreover, sonobuoy type of underground equipment utilizes technology of SONAR which was not efficient enough. In addition, it was founded that most of the researchers reduced the use of sonobuoy in the initial stage because they find it quite ineffective. However, the North America region is dominating the market followed by the European region. Some global leaders in sonobuoy market such as Radixon, Sealandaire Technologies, Lockheed Martin Corporation, ERAPSCO, Thales Group and General Dynamics Corporation, among others are aiming on emerging markets rather than mature markets. These corporations are more inclined towards expansion of their presence in the market by introducing products.

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