Data centers must prepare for the data deluge and changing demands on infrastructure

PHILLIP MARANGELLA | December 11, 2018

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The data genie in the bottle—the need for instant data anywhere, anytime—is loose, fueled by the tremendous growth in cloud computing, digital media, 5G and the advent of IoT; the number of connected people, devices and sensors is expected to surpass the trillion figure. In particular, these IoT (Internet of Things) devices range from connected consumer appliances to smart industrial machines and even connected cars, and they’ll quickly swamp today’s Internet infrastructure with unprecedented data volume and velocity. This explosion will place tremendous demands on network and IT infrastructure, according to Gartner’s Maverick Research, becoming the main driver for a new architectural paradigm commonly called edge computing. It will shift the center of data production and computing away from large data centers and out to the edge.

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