Data centres in 2016: change was the only constant
For 2016, change was the watchword in the data centre industry.
It was a year that saw the rise of software seriously start to bite into the hardware business, with traditional hardware vendors embracing however reluctantly the idea that data centre customers want the flexibility of software-defined storage, compute, and networking to take over some if not yet all of the functionality of specialised hardware devices. This is already impacting hardware sales. And a bigger impact can be expected as the idea of a software-defined data centre, being pushed aggressively by virtualization powerhouse VMware, finally became a viable, and deployable option.
The rise of the cloud is also impacting the data centre business to the point where Amazon now has a semi-tractor trailer that rolls up to a data centre to move massive amounts of data to its cloud in days instead of weeks or months.
The changes in the data centre industry we saw in 2016 are only the precursor of what will happen in 2017 and beyond. For a look at the top happenings in the data centre in 2016, turn the page.