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 Significant obstacles represented by data centers to higher digital agility, owing to outdated architectures and high cost, doesn’t depend upon their development process.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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