Cloud Computing and Data Center Predictions for 2012
Solid State Drives Go Mainstream
The terrible flooding in Thailand has caused a shortage in hard drives. Hard drive prices have increased. I expect price increases from SAN manufactures such as NetApp, EMC, HP, and others. These shortages will also increase costs for Cloud Computing providers like Rackspace, Google, and Amazon.
Hybrid Cloud Computing
In-house solutions such as Cisco Flexpod, VCE, HP Cloud, Microsoft, and others will see accelerated growth as enterprises have seen the benefits of public Cloud Computing but prefer some of the comforts of in-house private Clouds. I expect growth in Hybrid Cloud Computing deployments.
With the Hybrid model specific aspects of IT infrastructure is moved to the cloud. This allows you to mix and match the resources between in-house infrastructure which is difficult to scale and cloud resources that’s scalable and can be provisioned on demand. An example would be a Business Intelligence application where the data is located in-house cloud and the processing is performed in the cloud.
Data Center Fabric Infrastructure Takes Hold
Cisco, Juniper, and Brocade have been touting the benefits of a data center “Fabric”. In 2012, I expect to see data center fabric networks, running over 10Gb Ethernet, to move from the “early adopter” phase to the “mass adoption” phase. (It could be argued that this is already happening).
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Data Center Bridging (DCB) allows storage and network traffic to be transported across common lossless Ethernet links. Server adapters called Converged Network Adapters (CNA) unify storage and network I/O to FCoE data center switches.
Benefits of a Data Center Fabric infrastructure:
- Consolidated server I/O
- Reduced cabling
- Reduced power consumption
- Increased Virtual Machine mobility
- High-Speed, low latency interconnectivity
- Layer-2 connectivity
What do you think?