Exclusive: Data center deployment strategies of global service providers

Infotech Lead India: Data center owners want to increase the value of their existing data center assets, according to Infonetics Research.

Data center owners want to increase the value of their existing data center assets—no matter the extent of server virtualization—as a means to increase revenue via cloud services, both to keep their current customers satisfied and to attract new customers.

“Server virtualization has been the focus of the data center industry for several years now, and the largest data center owners and internet content providers like Google are ubiquitously exploiting virtual machines,” said Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks and co-founder of Infonetics Research.

More operators than anticipated plan to continue investing in fiber channel for their data centers, even in the face of growing usage of the newer fiber channel over Ethernet (FCoE).

The number of data center server LAN connections is growing quickly, with 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections growing the most.

The average capacity of a data center WAN connection is expected to increase more than twofold between 2012 and 2014.

While the use of virtual machines in data centers continues to grow, many servers are not yet virtualized.

Market research firm Infonetics Research’s report – data center deployment strategies of global service providers – talks about operator plans for data center expansion, interconnection, capacity, physical servers, virtualization, and SAN and storage technologies.

Meanwhile, Telecom operators in the Middle East are in the process of expanding data centers.

For instance, the UAE’s du has tied up with California’s Equinix and the new data center in Dubai will see a total investment of $80 million.

Equinix has about 90 data facilities globally and 4,000 customers including IBM and HSBC. du aims at providing seamless connectivity and managed services to tenants, which are likely to include financial institutions, telecom carriers from other regions and internet content providers.

Market research firm Gartner says the Middle East & African IT infrastructure market, comprising of servers, storage and networking equipment, is forecast to reach $3.9 billion in 2013, a 4 percent increase from 2012.

Ambika K
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