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The latest developments in data center technology are reshaping the way we do business

January 06, 2020

The world of data center networking is always changing. That’s why being able to anticipate what’s coming and see trends as they unfold is essential for businesses to survive and thrive in the digital age. With that said, here are some of the most interesting data center trends for 2020:
 
Edge computing
With the age of IoT well upon on us, more and more previously unconnected things are now connected to the internet. The issue companies are now facing is where to process the data sent from IoT devices. Having the devices themselves process their own data isn’t feasible, and sending data into the cloud is proving to be inefficient because of latency, or the time it takes to send the data out to be processed and then back again. The solution? Edge computing. By performing data processing at the “edge” of a local network, latency is mitigated and IoT devices can perform at their best.
 
Network agility
What’s the network phrase all companies fear? Downtime. But how can companies minimize their chances of experiencing a service outage—especially in an age when we are relying more and more on complex network architectures to deliver around-the-clock service? A network needs a way to ensure redundancy and must be able to adapt instantly to the needs of users if a business is going to avoid significant downtime. Hybrid cloud or multi-cloud systems can help by simplifying frameworks and making complex architectures easier to manage by placing everything under one roof. This central management strategy enhances a network’s agility, which can make all the difference in critical situations.
 
Network functions virtualization
The off-loading of the heavy lifting of computing and network management continues with network functions virtualization (NFV), which leverages virtual machines and software to control a network’s infrastructure. Why is this advantageous? Well, if you can replace physical hardware with software, it becomes more reliable and more cost-effective to scale up or down as demand dictates. NFV technology is the same as what you find in software-defined data centers (SDDCs), but just implemented differently.
 
Preparing for 5G
Telecom companies have already started rolling out 5G wireless services to their customer base. It’s estimated that 5G networks will be nearly 100 times faster than the 4G networks in use now. Such an increase in speed will provide a new frontier for network technology in terms of how to take advantage of its potential. Companies are already hard at work preparing their data centers for the shift to 5G. Businesses looking to utilize this new infrastructure—which will undoubtedly be the backbone of wireless communication for years to come—shouldn’t wait to begin adapting to the 5G trend.