Storage And Compute For Data Centers & The Edge

Some recent news about data center, cloud and edge compute and storage solutions and research from Data Center World, Equinix, AWS, StorCentric and Supermicro.

Data Center World’s latest report on The State of the Data Center explored questions related to the use and growth of data centers, renewable energy utilization and other data center developments.  Some of the highlights from that study are given below and in the infographic below.

According to the report, Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) is no longer just a piece of software, but an entire practice of managing the data center.  77% of the survey respondents foresaw more DCIM integration with virtualization and cloud solutions, including 27% who are seeing that happen now.  73% of respondents are most likely to have currently implemented security, up 9% from 2019.

The average number of data centers across all locations is between 2-3 facilities, down from 12 in 2019.  An average of 1-2 data centers will be renovated or expanded over the next 12-36 months, down from about 4 in 2019.

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The biggest security concerns are ransomware (58%), outside human threats ((50%), advanced persistent threats, such as theft of IT and corporate data (46%), inside human threats (41%) and Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS) at 37%.

Equinix, a global interconnection and data center company announced that it completed the acquisition of Packet, a bare metal automation platform.  Equinix sees this acquisition as accelerating its strategy to help enterprises seamlessly deploy hybrid multi-cloud architectures.  Equinix says that it will operate the existing Packet business as “Packet, an Equinix company,” while developing new solutions for enterprise customers that combine Packet’s bare metal automation technology with the rich ecosystems, global reach and interconnection fabric of Platform Equinix.

According to the release, bare metal is a new category of digital infrastructure, enabling businesses to deploy workloads on secure, single-tenant hardware, distributed geographically for proximity and performance. Focused on hardware-only automation, bare metal allows companies to select and deploy their own choice of operating system or virtualization software in hybrid multi-cloud environments. Packet’s proprietary technology automates physical servers and networks without the use of virtualization or multitenancy.

Bare Metal as a Service allows companies to rapidly deploy physical infrastructure at the edge. With a combined Equinix and Packet solution, enterprises and service providers can build and deploy low-latency services at the edge either through their choice of owned physical deployments, or by utilizing the combined offering, which leverages as-a-service consumption to reduce CAPEX and resource requirements.

Some other news related to data centers and the cloud are that AWS has added persistent file systems for its Amazon FSx Lustre storage service, which lets users launch and run a hig-performance clustered file system on demand.  The announcement expands AWS’s scratch file systems for temporary storage to storage for persistent file systems designed for longer term storage and workloads.  AWS also says that it is launching a second-generation scratch file system designed to provide better support for spiky workloads, with the ability to provide burst throughput up to6X higher than baseline.

StorCentric launched Retrospect Backup 17 and Retrospect Virtual 2020 as well as made updates to its Retrospect Management console.  Retrospect’s suite of products now provides hosted management service for automatic onboarding of physical and virtual backup instances, enabling fast deployment and increased protection leveraging ProactiveAI across an entire organization.

The company says that with Retrospect Virtual 2020, businesses can monitor their physical and virtual backup infrastructure from a single pane of glass via the Retrospect Management Console. Retrospect Virtual 2020 is now integrated with the hosted service to enable one place to monitor every protected machine–Windows, Mac, Linux, VMware, and Hyper-V.

Besides developments in large data centers advanced networking technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) deployments are increasing the growth of computing resources at the edge and endpoints.  Supermicro just introduced their latest Outdoor Edge System for Cell Tower Deployments to support 5G telco, intelligent edge and streaming servers.

Supermicro’s Outdoor Edge Systems – IP65 enclosure-based servers for 5G RAN (radio access network), AI inferencing, and other intelligent edge-focused applications based on Intel Xeon D processors and 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with broad configuration options. The company says that these new systems are ideal for harsh outdoor environments and support the industry’s movement toward open-source software and disaggregated hardware.

Supermicro says that their new systems take advantage of the latest FPGA and GPU acceleration with three PCIe slots for expansion capability. This is critical for enhanced real-time edge AI inferencing via GPU cards and supporting 5G RAN software plus open-standard site-to-site communication with FPGA accelerator cards. With SSD, M.2, and EDSFF storage capabilities, these ruggedized servers can also distribute cached media content locally or store video surveillance and other sensitive data.

Supermicro also said that their comprehensive 5G and Edge computing portfolio, including the E403-9P-FN2Tand the 1019P-FN2T systems introduced in 2019, and complement the company’s high-performance products for the data center such as the multi-node BigTwin™ and high-density SuperBlade and MicroBlade, which can support the virtualized 5G network core.

Data Centers are focusing more on infrastructure management and Equinix is bringing out new tools for bare metal deployments.   AWS offers persistent file storage and StorCentric updates Retrospect Backup and Virtual.  Supermicro enables data centers in a box for the Edge.

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