With internal data center traffic expected to grow threefold over the next five years1—and the penetration of Internet of Things (IoT) devices predicted to be 30 billion strong by 20202—enterprise data center bandwidth is at risk of being overloaded in the near future. Same could be said of colocation facilities as well. These are hardly revelations anymore. Technology builds upon itself, so its growth is almost always exponential.
Needless to say, data center managers are having to adapt to some pretty tough challenges: applications demanding higher lane speeds and ultra low-latency performance; increasing port densities that can support leaf and spine networks; and, while you’re at it, find a way to improve network availability while lowering costs across the board.
For many data center managers, the answer lies in migrating their infrastructure—either with rip and replace or slowly over time—to support the new speed, latency and port density requirements. But is this both necessary and true for all data center facilities? Absolutely not.
On the one hand, there is no ignoring the fact that current and future data usage trends are alarmingly high and not expected to level off in the foreseeable future (read that as “ever”). So infrastructure migration is not a question of if but when. On the other hand, every data center facility has a very unique set of business requirements, stakeholder expectations and technical considerations.