Mattias Fridström, chief evangelist for Telia Carrier, says lower networking hardware costs are forcing data centers and metro networks to fundamentally change how they conduct their business: “Any location with fiber can now become a data center, opening up new opportunities for designing, managing, and operating cloud and on-demand computing resources.” In the past the networking hardware costs were extremely prohibitive, and so connecting different data centers to each was often an expensive exercise. Organizations such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Intel have been at the forefront of the software designed revolution in computing, and they are now moving into the networking arena with SDN and SD-WAN. This is displacing the traditional costly propriety silicon purveyors on network equipment. With lower costs and higher speed connections, the dynamics are changing. In turn this is transforming the costs associated with data centers, public, hybrid and private clouds – making them more accessible and more affordable.
Read the article over at Bridgeworks here.