January 2015

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2014 Cloud Provider Uptime

As use of public IaaS cloud offerings increases, the pressure is on for large scale providers to maintain uptime. In 2014, website tracking firm CloudHarmony monitored more than four dozen cloud providers through web servers running on each vendors' cloud. Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform took the cake maintaining services 99.99974% of the time and 99.9996% of the time respectively. However, senior analyst Donnie Berkholz advises to not allow outage frequency to be "a blocker on adoption of an otherwise compelling cloud provider." With many large scale providers fine-tuning their stability, "the question [then] isn't which provider is best - but what is the limit of what customers find acceptable?" 

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The Mega Data Center's Rise

Research firm IDC has predicted some big changes coming to data centers in the next few years. As the total growth in the number of corporate data centers is predicted to end, the result will be a turn to co-location, managed services or other alternatives rather than owning the actual real estate data centers reside. While the IDC predicts a 2017 peak in the number of data centers worldwide, predictions through 2018 show no slowing of data center square footage. Richard Villars of the IDC reports that these estimates predict a shift where a majority of organizations will stop managing their own IT infrastructure over the next 5 years.

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2015 IT Infrastructure Convergence Predictions

Every year we see new technology make its way to the data center and this year is no exception. 2015 will see Cisco, EMC/VCE, HP, Dell, and IBM broaden their portfolio and include full rack and stack legacy gear as well as software-only infrastructure solutions. Expect to see hyperconverged solutions as a part of this. In addition, the public cloud providers will begin utilizing local data center resources as providers shift their consumption model. We can also hope to see open source initiatives from the likes of KVM and Openstack as these vendors shift from experimentation to production. Even the simplification and packaging of deployment by IT vendors such as Red Hat, Nebula, Dell, and Maxta will be seen as a strong entry point into the data center.

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About Glass Box Technology

  • Over 40 years combined experience in Data Technology Sales and Engineering.
  • Our goal at Glass Box is to help Organizations utilize the best technologies to transform their initiatives for the next decade.
  • Exceptional solutions in Storage, Converged Networks, Data Management, Cloud Computing and numerous other complex technologies.
  • Our commitment is to help customer's implement an efficient, highly virtualized IT environment built for cloud-optimized networking.
  • At Glass Box, we emphasize innovation in everything we do. Our goal is to transform technology assets into a more efficient and agile enterprise that helps customers achieve their most critical business objectives.
  • A dedicated team rooted and committed to always providing world class customer service.

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