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August 2017, Vol. 8, No. 6

Enterprises mirror hyperscale data centers to build new infrastructure

The rise of large cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform has led to a new kind of infrastructure, and smaller enterprises are learning how to emulate these hyperscale data centers. These massive cloud providers now run data centers at a scale never seen before, so they have had to take a different approach, said Dan Conde, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, based in Milford, Mass. The result has been the creation of hyperscale data centers that are based on low-cost white box switches and centralized software-defined networking (SDN) controllers. Conde said 66% of organizations surveyed recently by ESG said they aspire to emulate the network infrastructure designs of the hyperscale cloud service providers in their own network architecture. "Organizations looking for more agile ways to run workloads, segment networks more efficiently and save money on high-cost proprietary switches can learn a lot from the hyperscalers," Conde said. Hyperscale data centers are deploying ...

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