The Onset of Hyperscale Data Centers

By CIOReview | Monday, February 12, 2018

Cloud has become the buzzword across multiple various industries owing to myriad of benefits associated with it, such as mobility and easy maintenance. Cloud-based applications for business as well as personal use have taken over the internet, due to which the data center traffic has witnessed a massive growth in the recent past. Further, with multiple surveys predicting the number of IoT devices to exceed 46 billion by 2021 and a study by Cisco Global Cloud Index forecasting an increase in the cloud data traffic to increase 3.3-fold to 19.5 Zettabytes during 2016 and 2021, the pressure on data centers is bound to increase significantly. Therefore, the enterprises have a pressing need to rework on their data center strategy to address the imminent data proliferation.

Hyperscale data centers (HDCs) have been a step in the direction of tackling multifold increase in computation data. Meant to serve as massively scalable computing architectures, the HDCs deliver high performance with respect to server optimization, cooling, and energy efficiency. It is predicted that the number of HDCs would increase to 628 across the globe by 2021, as compared to 338 in 2016—a 1.9 fold increase.

While enterprises are most likely to jump on the bandwagon of HDCs in the near future, the startups and SMBs are unlikely to, considering the investments involved. Such organizations could work towards developing a game plan to make the most of their existing infrastructure, which could even mean evolving a cloud-native strategy. A synergy between the senior level management and the IT becomes crucial to integrate the data within the legacy infrastructure and newer platforms for a seamless functioning of systems.