Datacenter, the epicenter of the network technology evolution

The more we move further into this decade, we cannot help feeling curious or even feel the need to look back to the past to remember the ideas about the future that were created the past century. And then, comparing that with where we are today.

The more we move further into this decade, we cannot help feeling curious or even feel the need to look back to the past to remember the ideas about the future that were created the past century. And then, comparing that with where we are today. Great examples of these ideas can be seen in movies like Soylent Green, Back to the Future or 2010: The year we make contact.

There are other examples which seem relevant to our business, and which are brought up in talks and presentations we attend or give, trying to position a product or service based on its life cycle and the future of technology. It is clear now that some of those visions reflected in the conversations never came true, like humans traveling to Jupiter in 2010. Simply try to remember when we heard the following: "by 2007, the Windows Tablet PC will be the most popular means of computing in the world" or when a former Microsoft executive said in 1997 that "Apple was already dead”.

There is something that is a reality, and that is the growing demand for data from multiple devices, and the way in which users demand the information. This has destroyed time, geography, and sometimes even language barriers; in addition to the above, we have to mention the transformation of data management in the datacenter. In the 90s, it was a client-server-type of architecture, where most of the traffic was between the user, the server and back to the user, and the storage was physically placed next to the server, and it did not require network services. From this we moved to an architecture oriented towards different applications where storage spaces are exclusive, different servers with different applications that interact with each other, with little or no user interaction. This has created a change in the traffic flow  of data, where 75% of the transmission of information occurs within the datacenter.

This transformation has made the datacenter the actual epicenter of the evolution of network technologies, attacking the challenges that come with the expiration of the limits and the utility of the spanning tree, as well as the maximum capacity of VLANs supported by switch, and the integration components using power and cooling which are normally ignored; and requiring increasingly better future planning. There are several alternatives and some industry standards that provide solutions to these challenges.

Anixter has partnered with leading companies in the market of transmission of data for Datacenter, which offer different technological options with a stable future development, like 40G or 100G and a product plan that enables the sustained growth of your future datacenter. We are ready to help you plan and carry out all your projects, and together with the IPAssured, and the Datacenter in Motion programs, we want to help clarify the vision of the future. However, we must sadly confess that we cannot guarantee that we will have the hoverboards that Marty McFly uses for next year.

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