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Software defined networking takes off

Datacentre, Wikimedia CommonsA report said that data centre and enterprise local area network software defined networking (SDN) is beginning to take off.

A report from IHS Technology said that the market for SDN Ethernet switches and controllers will hit $1.4 billion in 2015, double the revenues in this sector in 2014.

Cliff Grossner, a senior analyst at IHS, said in the first half of 2015 bare metal switches represented 45 percent of global SDN capable Ethernet switches.

White box vendors are number one in bare metal switch revenue. Dell owns 100 percent of branded bare metal switches, while HP has the largest share of SDN capable branded Ethernet switch ports.

In-use virtual switch ports will make up 11 percent of ports shipped by the end of this year. SDN physical Ethernet switches will represent 15 percent of Ethernet switch market revenues in 2017 – now it’s only four percent.

Microsoft to build two data centres in the UK

Microsoft campusSatya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, announced that the company will build two data centres in the UK.

The UK data centres will become part of a network of 26 data centres worldwide.

Microsoft is interested in growing its cloud computing business in which it finds itself in an unlikely war against Amazon.

Amazon has plunged billions into providing web services which also generate billions in revenue but have only yielded tiny profits in the last financial quarter.

According to the BBC, the reason that Microsoft is building data centres in the UK is partly to allay privacy worries about data being held outside a country’s borders.

India’s IT spending to hit $72.3 billion next year

Indian flagA report from Gartner said that IT spends in 2016 will rise 7.2 percent from 2015 and be worth an estimated $72.3 billion.

Gartner said spend on internet of things (IoT) hardware will exceed $2.5 million a minute next year.

Mike Harris, group vice president of Gartner, said his company believed that in five years a million new devices will go online every hour.

But the real value of the IoT for India is not in the data itself but in the algorithms that make sense of the billions of connections.

Gartner believes that India will be the fast growing IT market for the second year in a row. By the end of 2019, the market will be worth $87.67 billion in revenues and while India is the the third largest market in Asia Pacific, by 2019 it will be the second biggest market, with China in the lead.

Mobile phones will represent nearly a third of the overall IT spend in 2016.

Gartner is also predicting that data centres will grow by close to four percent next year, with much of the growth from enterprise equipment and servers.

Network ports show healthy growth

Data centreSales of 100G network ports will grow by 262 percent between now and 2019, according to data supplied by IHS Technology.

Matthias Machowinski, research director for enterprise networks said that deployments of 1G and higher networking ports continues to grow with demand both from enterprises and service providers.

He said that the higher the port speed the higher the growth rate. “That means that 40G and 100G are the key growth segments of the market. Looking ahead, we expect 40G revenues to start falling as early as 2017, as enterprise and data centre demand shifts to the newly released QSFP-based 100G technology.”

IHS said that Google, Microsoft and Amazon are all introducing 100G Ethernet switching into their big hyperscale data centres.

The company released data showing that 1G/2.5G/10G/40G and 100G port shipments will exceed 700 million this year, worth an estimated $45 billion. 100G port shipments doubled in 2015 compared to 2014, with 163,000 shipped.

Datacentres of the future will be software ready

Data centreSoftware defined datacentres (SDDC) are the wave of the future, according to a prediction from market research company Gartner.

An SDDC is a datacentre with virtualised infrastructure and delivered as a “service” but it’s not right for all enterprises, Gartner VP Dave Russell said.

“Due to its current immaturity, the SDDC is most appropriate for visionary organisations with advanced expertise in I&O engineering and architecture,” he said.

But by 2020, 75 percent of global enterprises will go for a hybrid cloud model that uses the SDDC approach.

Russell said you can’t buy an SDDC off the shelf and implementation needs new skills and a shift in the IT organisation.

He cautioned that vendors will still try to lock in customers and open soure standards or a cloud management platform can’t completely help.

He said people need to recognise that adopting an SDDC “means trading a hardware lock in for a software lock in.”

Data centres drive storage growth

EMC logoThe enterprise storage systems market was worth $8.8 billion during the second quarter of this year – growing 2.1 percent compared to the same quarter last year.

IDC said that revenues were spurred by original design manufacturers (ODMs) which sell their wares direct to hyperscale data centres. That segment of the market grew by 25.8 percent in the quarter, year on year, and accounted for $1 billion worth of revenues.

The trend is for enterprises to buy storage tech cutting cost and complexity – that means a move towards cloud storage, software defined storage, flash optimised systems and integrated systems.

Despite the move towards buying from ODMs, EMC remained on top of the vendor pile, although its revenue growth fell by four percent year on year. It holds 19.2 percent of the market.

HP grew by 8.7 percent in the quarter, with 16.2 percent market share. Third was Dell with 101 percent market share, and IBM held fourth position with 8.1 percent share.

Server memory prices set to change

IntelOversupply of DRAM for servers led to a glut of product being available in the first half of this year and so causes price drops in memory.

But, according to market research company Trendforce, although that glut was caused because of general weakness in the notebook sector, sales of servers are very healthy.

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft have all boosted demand in the server market, so pries of memory for this sector remained comparatively strong.

But growth in the server market is beginning to slow down, according to Trendforce, and a price gap between DDR4 and DDR3 memory is narrowing.

The analysts said that the averprice of DDR R-DIMMs fell between seven bu ine price but compared to DDR4, that’s nothing. Prices of this modules have fallen by close to 20 percent.

DDR4 will be the predominant memory product for servers by the fourth quarter of this year.

Trendforce thinks that demand will be stimulated later on this year because Intel is promoting new server processors later this year.

Many anticipated that data centres would revive the marketplace for servers but it appears that uncertainty about the global economic situation will slow down growth for the rest of this year.

IBM carries on clouding

ItaliaThe push by IBM to be the predominant company in the cloud space has taken yet another turn.

It said today it has opened its first cloud data centre in Italy, based near Milan.

IBM said the cloud centre uses a SoftLayer infrastructure and is aimed at providing Italian businesses to store data and run workloads.

The cloud computing market saw a 31 percent growth in 2014 and is worth over $1.33 billion, Big Blue said, quoting figures from the Polytechnic University of Milan.

IBM now has cloud data centres in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. The company claims that connections to SoftLayer services within Europe are now less than 30 milliseconds which is fast enough for real time bidding, and big data and analytic applications.

The cloud centre has room for up to 11,000 servers, a power rating of 2.8 megawatts and enough room for a mass of storage.

IBM Cloud centres now number over 40 worldwide.

Business forgets mobility at its peril

iType SmartwatchTablets and smartphones are now so important to employees and outside individuals and coupled with the proliferation of cloud based applications, businesses ignore mobility at their peril.

That’s the conclusion of an IDC survey, which said that while Western European companies have acknowledged the importance of mobility, businesses in Central and Eastern Europe are lagging behind.

And the interest of mobility are prompting business units and IT departments to cooperate closely with the IDC survey showing that mobile strategies come about because these units collaborate together to make these things work.

IDC believes that there are several pillars to what it describes as the “third platform”. The other pillars in the temple are big data analytics, social media and cloud.

The survey said that many companies will succeed or fail depending on how effective their mobility strategies are.

Enterprises buying more server based storage

EMC logoFigures for the first quarter of this year show that factory revenue from enterprise storage systems worldwide rose by 6.8 percent, quarter on quarter, year on year, to stand at $8.8 billion.

IDC said that total capacity shipments rose 41.1 percent year on year to stand at 28.3 exabytes. An exabyte is one quintillion bytes, or one billion gigabytes (GB).

IDC said that spending on “traditional” external arrays fell during the quarter but demand for server based storage and hyperscale infrastructure rose strongly.

EMC help the pole position in the storage rat pack, collecting 17.4 percent of all spending in the quarter. HP was second with a 14.6 percent share, while Dell had 10.2 percent share.

But original design manufacturers (ODMs), such as Taiwanese firms like Quanta selling directly to data centre customers was 12.6 percent during the quarter.

As far as external disk storage systems are concerned, EMC was the clear leader (27.3%), followed by Netapp (13.6%), and HP and Hitachi holding 9.1 percent and nine percent share of worldwide revenues.