The cloud revolution is in full swing with almost everyone jumping into the clouds. Even government agencies are making the transition into the clouds–specifically government-centric cloud platforms like Google Apps for Government. With so much cloud movement, the evolution of services is relentless with new services shaping up in all manners of sectors. One particularly interesting sector is the concept of specialized software suites that are riding on commoditized cloud platforms. These have captured a lot of interest in cloud computing.
It is starting to look increasingly likely that most forms of dedicated hardware or appliances in the network will be replaced by powerful instances, workload and/or boutique platforms that cross the physical and technical boundaries that have existed since the rise of the enterprise network. It might just be how network automation will play out as software takes the place of specialized network hardware.
This will definitely have huge ramifications for the industrial market leaders in networking. Their channels of distribution and increasing power densities in data centers which are out of date and incapable of supporting populations of cheaper and more powerful (read power consuming) servers running and growing populations of workloads, virtual machines and specialized management applications.
Cheaper and more powerful commodity servers might take the place of arrays of dedicated appliances installed for specialized network and IT operations, driving power densities higher as power and cooling costs surpass hardware and software costs. The physical data center itself then becomes a point of strategic leverage with customization driven by business need, climate, network access, local resources and power and tax considerations.
Dedicated power plants, higher voltages to the floor, air and water economization all then lead to competitive advantage as cheaper and more powerful infrastructure increase the relative cost of power and cooling to total IT TCO and Cisco’s Lew Tucker’s (see Lew’s Law) prediction is fulfilled. An advanced data center substantially reduces IT operating expenses as energy costs grow.
Even the clouds will go green with specialized software replacing power consuming network hardware! SADA’s new headquarters is LEED Certified and our commitment to providing top-notch cloud computing services helps businesses reduce IT waste and conserve resources.