Campbell, CALIFORNIA, Jan. 9, 2012—A new data center study published in late December by market research firm Infonetics Research delves into operator plans for data center expansion, interconnection, physical servers, capacity, applications, virtualization, SAN and storage technologies, and expenditures.
For the report, Data Center Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, Infonetics analysts interviewed 19 major telcos, cable operators, data center/content specialists, and colocation providers that have data centers with 100 or more servers. Together the respondent operators represent a significant 20% of the world’s telecom carrier revenue and 20% of the world’s telecom capex and hail from North America, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), and Asia Pacific.
"Service providers are once again in expansion mode, but unlike in the late 1990s when the bandwidth rush was on, the focus this go-around is a quest for revenue. Service providers seeking to bolster their financial picture and gain a piece of the cloud service revenue pie are leveraging a captive customer base and expanding data center offerings to include virtualization technologies and even new networking facilities like Fibre Channel over Ethernet," explains Sam Barnett, directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics Research.
DATA CENTER SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS
- The average numbers of medium, large, and super size data centers owned by operators that offer data center and cloud services is growing over the next 2 years, with large and super sized data centers growing the most
- Virtualization and network convergence allows these operators to grow sustainably to meet the demand for cloud services
- The top 2 data center application strategies planned by respondents are 1) running applications on a fully virtualized infrastructure, and 2) replicating applications and data across data centers based on demand, such as is common with airline reservations systems
- The #1 data center interconnection strategy planned by service provider respondents is using multiple physically separate connections for physical protection
- Use of legacy data center interconnection (DCI) technologies, leased dark fiber, and SONET/SDH is slowing over the next 2 years, while wavelength, IP/MPLS, and Ethernet transport are increasing
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