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Modern Data Center and Networking

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(The New York Power Authority’s Integrated Smart Operations Center (iSOC))
 

  

- Infrastructure Is Everywhere - So Is Your Data

The role of I&O (intake and output) in the future will be to manage the global infrastructure and its associated services, moving away from only hardware and software. The end result will be an environment focused on enabling the rapid deployment of business services and deploying workloads to the right locations. 

As technologies like AI and machine learning are harnessed as competitive differentiators, planning for how explosive data growth will be managed is vital. In fact, by 2022, 60 percent of enterprise IT infrastructures will focus on centers of data, rather than traditional data centers, according to Gartner. 

Due to integration and connectivity, colocation and/or cloud partner ecosystems will be critical for future infrastructures. All workloads are not equal, and proper placement is key to unlocking their true potential to the business. Infrastructures are dynamic and must be able to change quickly, as markets and providers change Edge and IoT deployments are stretching infrastructures, shifting priorities and adding complexity.

 

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(Katie Bouman - This is the MIT computer scientist whose algorithm led to the first real image of a black hole.)

- Cloud + Data Center Transformation

The use of cloud computing services and applications continues to increase at a rapid rate, leading to the rise of vast 'hyperscale' cloud data centers. Both consumer and business applications are contributing to the growing dominance of cloud services. 

Cloud computing lives in data centers, and we use networks to get to it. The main difference between a cloud and a data center is that a cloud is an off-premise form of computing that stores data on the Internet, whereas a data center refers to on-premise hardware that stores data within an organization's local network. While cloud services are outsourced to third-party cloud providers who perform all updates and ongoing maintenance, data centers are typically run by an in-house IT department.  

Although both types of computing systems can store data, as a physical unit, only a data center can store servers and other equipment. As such, cloud service providers use data centers to house cloud services and cloud-based resources. For cloud-hosting purposes, vendors also often own multiple data centers in several geographic locations to safeguard data availability during outages and other data center failures. When your data is stored on cloud servers, it automatically gets fragmented and duplicated across various locations for secure storage. In case there are any failures, your cloud services provider will make sure that there is a backup of your backup as well! 

 

- On-Demand Computing in Cloud Computing

On-demand computing is a delivery model in which computing resources are made available to the user as needed. The resources may be maintained within the user's enterprise, or made available by a cloud service provider.

Cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, without direct active management by the user. The term is generally used to describe data centers available to many users over the Internet. Cloud computing has become the ideal way to deliver enterprise applications—and the preferred solution for companies extending their infrastructure or launching new innovations.

 

- Three Types of Cloud Data Centers

We’ve all learned that cloud computing lives in data centers, and we use Internet to get to it. That’s a useful model, but the truth is that we’ve been using three kinds of cloud computing for years now, and data center-based clouds are just the first type of cloud to reach mass adoption. The next best-known type of cloud, the overlay cloud, is spread across many data centers but functions independent of any one cloud. The least-known type of cloud is highly distributed on clients and devices and emerges from the ability of a single administrator to manage hundreds of thousands of devices from a single console.

 



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