Virtualizing Data Centers for Digital Transformation
An exponential increase in data is on the horizon. It’s coming from the advent of 5G networks, the increase in mobile computing, and the many connected people, places, and things that will come online as the IoT continues to become mainstream.
Just how much of a data increase will we see? IDC forecasts that 175 zettabytes (ZB) of data will be produced by 2025—an uptick from just 33ZB last year—of which 90ZB will be created by IoT devices. That’s a 430 percent increase in just five and a half years—let that sink in for a moment.
As this tsunami of information arrives, data centers will play an increasingly vital role in data processing, storage, and management. Hence, it’s no surprise that, according to a report by Research and Markets, the global colocation data center market is expected to grow to $54.8 billion by 2020. That said, while our homes, buildings, streets, cars, manufacturing plants, financial services, healthcare and retail experiences are anticipated to become smarter and more connected, and every enterprise strives to undergo its own digital transformation to monetize these trends and technologies, the data center too must evolve.