There are many different trends in data center technology which can make it difficult to keep up with the latest requirements. There is always something new and exciting that comes up. But what are the latest trends? What will change in 2021?
A lot of people think that server virtualization is outdated, but in 2021 it will still be very present. One of the most important trends to watch is software-defined infrastructure. It’s already popular, but it will continue to grow in popularity over the next few years.
Here are some other trends to watch out for when looking at server and virtualization business trends in 2021.
1) Businesses prefer hybrid cloud infrastructure
Throughout 2020, a growing number of companies have embraced hybrid cloud technology, with many more planning to do so in 2021 and beyond. Businesses, in particular, are embracing hybrid cloud technology to gain agility and mobility.
The idea that cloud providers provide multiple services (compute, storage, network, and data services) as a single package appeals to them, which has helped consolidate hybrid cloud technology as a ‘requirement for IT operations.
The shift to a fully hybrid cloud infrastructure, in which customers not only use public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), but also implement private clouds and a mix of public and private clouds, is the next logical step for many organizations. .
2) Bare metal servers (bare metal infrastructure) will gain popularity
Low-cost commercial bare metal servers have grown steadily in popularity in the second half of 2021, but will find their strongest markets in web hosting, hosting and cloud computing.
Since virtualization is likely to be more complicated than traditional servers, dedicated bare metal servers will have a huge advantage over virtualized servers in terms of ease of use.
The advantages of bare metal cloud Servers will also prove useful to some private cloud providers, who can install a single server and load it with on-demand virtual machine workloads for the end customer.
3) Server virtualization should be generalized
Many businesses have had a need for server virtualization throughout the pandemic and the rise of remote working and cloud computing. Using a hybrid approach that integrates virtualization, the cloud, and more traditional IT solutions has become the norm for most businesses.
Whether it’s a proprietary solution like Hyper-V and VMware, a solution based on open standards like OpenStack, or a different approach like KVM, containers or Google’s Cloud Native Application Engine, it is a space with significant dynamics and growth. This is an area where each of the players – HPE, IBM, Cisco, Dell, Oracle, HP, Microsoft, Red Hat and VMware – all have strong positions.
4) Advanced security grows faster in servers and systems.
As the number of remote workers continues to increase, so does the risk of viable cyber attacks against businesses. Modern businesses have a wide range of remote workers, and these workers, and the device they use, are vulnerable to security concerns.
This is a major concern for server vendors, and most continue to invest in security measures and products. Some the latest trends in cybersecurity are emerging in 2021 include things like:
- Extended Detection and Response (XDR)
- Access to the secure access service (SASE)
- Special purpose acquisition companies (SAVS)
- Zero Trust Platforms
- Frames without file
5) Edge Computing will start to take off
Devices that move closer to the point of access, processing and delivery of applications will require new types of functionality that were not previously needed. Edge computing, where a local compute node, edge gateway, or other compute element is configured to handle compute-intensive activity close to the data source, is expected to experience major gains throughout. 2021 and experience a major take-off in 2022.
Edge computing markets will include verticals such as supply chain and retail, and the edge can enable new business models and revenue streams for application vendors and system integrators.
The devices that are most often thought of as edge nodes in the context of edge computing tend to be low power, low cost IoT devices, such as sensors and electronic logs. Edge IT vendors and service providers will deliver services to edge networks, based on their commitment to systems integration, interoperability, standards support, and vendor activation.