According to siliconangle.com, users will spend more than $180 billion on cloud services by 2015. The global market for cloud equipment is also predicted to grow to $79 billion by 2018.
This growth is evident in big tech companies as well. IBM’s cloud computing business grew 69% and achieved $4.4 billion in revenue in 2013. Hewlett-Packard has said it will invest $1 billion in cloud computing within the next two years according to zdnet.com.At the same time we’re seeing growth in cloud computing, we’re also seeing challenges with some data centers not being prepared to handle the change. Before cloud computing, server density was never a problem. However, as virtualization became more popular, server density increased. As a result, data centers must be prepared to handle higher density power and provide better cooling in order to be able to handle the load.
Smaller, more efficient micro cloud installations may be the answer. New platforms that require fewer infrastructures and provide more logical controls are being created that will allow for better performance and resource utilization. In short, the modern cloud infrastructure is becoming more compact.
Organizations are starting to build systems that are meant for this specific purpose. Some products like HP’s Moonshot chassis will help process multiple parallel cloud-based workloads. According to HP, Moonshot will also require 89% less energy and 80% less physical space.
In order to have a successful micro cloud implementation, you need to have proper software-defined technologies in place. This includes proper monitoring, control, and management of the equipment. As the software-defined technologies improve, it will allow cloud software to be abstracted away from the hardware and into a software-defined layer.
Virtualization will also play a role in this transition to micro cloud. According to Bill Kleyman with Data Center Knowledge, “Software-defined technologies and advanced levels of resource virtualization are literally creating the virtual, or software-defined, data center platform. In using bandwidth and resources more economically, data centers are able to replicate data between geographic points much more effectively.”
New and more efficient servers like the HP Moonshot hold great promise for reducing the power and cooling requirements of data centers. At the same time, better software-defined technologies will control the monitoring and management of the software. When you combine these technologies, micro cloud shows great promise.
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