As companies seek ways to meet demands for big data, they are increasingly opting for solutions provided by colocation data centers, according to a recent report released by Research and Markets.
The report, entitled Data Center Colocation Market in the U.S. 2016-2020, is projecting that the market will grow at a CAGR rate of 12.36 percent during the next four years.
One of the most significant market trends outlined in the report is the practice of incorporating implementation of software-defined data centers (SDDCs) in enterprises. With a SDDC, the infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service to companies. The data center, which is automated by software, is attractive because it is capable of supporting cloud computing services as well as legacy applications.
According to Znet.com, the growth of SDDCs lies in their ability to provide numerous solutions cost-effectively and efficiently. It noted that the modern version of SDDC deployment is characterized by virtualized, software-defined resources that companies can scale and deploy as needed in the areas of computing, storage and networking.
The Research and Markets report also points to better security and higher availability as significant draws, which contribute to a company’s enhanced ability to deliver workloads through the cloud without investing in internal data center infrastructure. Add to that the steady increase in network traffic, the demand on data centers is pressing companies to find solutions and scale quickly. With the use of colocation services, companies can find the answers to those challenges.
John Morency of Gartner said that SDCC provides more automation, more agility, and more flexibility, allowing companies to use their own IT professionals more efficiently. He also said SDDC improves data center resiliency.
Another benefit he pointed out is the SDDC’s ability to “provide the means by which the in-house enterprise IT staff can begin to configure, provision, [and] activate compute and storage resources at a level that’s, maybe not the same, but much more competitive, much closer to what the large public cloud providers can offer.”