As the backbone of any enterprise’s IT infrastructure, the expectation from the data center is always to do more – manage more capacity, operate more efficiently and faster, deliver more availability, and most importantly, add more capability for continuous improvement. And why not? They enable functions that seem so basic and are yet, critical for any business today – email, websites, social networking, databases, and more.
The data centers prominence and numbers have only increased in today’s data-driven digital age. There is more data – business data, competitive data, customer data, and customer service data – than ever to store and manage. Accordingly, data center traffic is poised to increase immensely – IDC predicts the amount of data generated worldwide will reach 44 zettabytes by 2020. Cisco predicts that the annual global data center IP traffic will reach 10.4 zettabytes (863 exabytes [EB] per month) by the end of 2019, up from 3.4 zettabytes (ZB) per year (287 EB per month) in 2014. Cisco adds further – global data center IP traffic will grow 3-fold over the next 5 years. Overall, data center IP traffic will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25 percent from 2014 to 2019. How and where enterprises store this data is undoubtedly important, but the
speed at which they can access and use the data is even more important. Data centers, therefore, are at the heart of a modern enterprise, playing a critical role in expanding an enterprise’s capabilities.