TechTarget , 11/10/15
By 2020, what will the future data center look like? Take a peek at how networking, servers and storage change will evolve in the next five years.
What will the data center look like in five years? The answer is complicated by the current surge of innovation in almost every sector of our industry.
From 2015 to 2020, we'll see the highest rate of change in almost every area, excluding dinosaur legacy gear and much of what makes networks, servers and storage tick will alter drastically in that timeframe.
It's worth looking at the core technologies first. Changes here redefine the meanings of networking, servers and storage.
A current trend, and possible fad, is the convergence or hyper-convergence of servers and storage into a single box. Driving this is the availability of super-fast non-volatile memory express (NVMe) solid-state drives (SSD), which saturate their hosts with as few as six drives. That's a good amount for a server box, and so the idea of just parking the drives in servers and not using separate networked storage boxes seems to make sense.