Data Center Tech Blog

We have entered the realm of omnipresent smart technology, but what will actually change in the coming year? Here’s a roundup of this week in tech:

Editorial Team

Western Digital Data Center Tech Blog

Time Travel: What Were the Storage Predictions of 2000?

How did the enterprise storage industry look at the turn of the century? Much of what we see synonymous with current IT trends, such as virtualization, all-flash arrays or the cloud, didn’t even exist yet. But there were signs to what is ahead. Search Storage compiled 2000’s notable storage storylines.

What Will Change in 2016?

Cloud storage may be growing, but most data still lives on private storage, enterprises are in search of a more “hybrid” data storage strategy, and flash will blur the line between caching and storage–Tom Coughlin’s enterprise storage trends on Forbes.

Open All The Time

Facebook is planning to open a second mega data center in Europe (this one will be in Ireland; the first was in Sweden.) Not only will it be powered completely by renewables, it will be outfitted in equipment based around technology from the Open Compute Project. The “do it yourself” trend has been growing over the last few years. Both Google and Amazon fill their data centers based on hardware of their own design. (Some credit the trend to Google, but you can also go further back in history when Yahoo helped pioneer the first 1U form factor servers). More on the ‘built from scratch’ OCP tech data center.

Who is King of the Cloud?

It’s getting hard to tell, as Fortune’s Barb Darrow points out. The challenge is that companies are bundling different revenue streams into cloud. Microsoft’s $5.9 billion in “intelligent cloud” revenue, for instance, includes revenue from Windows Server and Exchange Server. IBM’s cloud figures include some middleware products gone cloud. Amazon Web Services is clearly the largest public cloud provider, she notes, but, as she notes, the retail/computing giant only recently began to break out AWS revenue. A compelling read from a technology veteran.

Robots on the Farm

Forget driverless cars for a second. Driverless tractors could become the breakout market for robotic transportation, claims research firm Tractica. Tractica expects the robot market to grow from $3 billion in 2015 to $16 billion by the end of 2020 and $74 billion by 2024. Why? Worldwide food demand is expected to double by 2050 and farms are large, sprawling affairs with few employees. A single tractor also costs far, far more than a car, making it an intriguing opportunity for software and hardware makers. Is agriculture the most attractive robotics market?

The Dictionary of IoT-ables

Nearbles, hearables, embeddables, and ingestibles – the term wearables is going to soon fall short. We have entered the realm of omnipresent smart technology. Yet this is just the beginning; will IoT technology evolve to be an extension of the self?

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