A data center comprises of many elements, few of which have seen more novelty than the network, but we cannot deny the fact that it is one of the most important parts of the data center infrastructure since it provides the platform for everything to connect and merge. Hence, it performs a vital role in the system which is bigger as compared to the other elements of the infrastructure. This is the layer, we have high expectations from i.e. durability, flexibility, high performance, availability etc.
One of the leading social media company of the World, Facebook decided to focus on the growth of their network more than anything else. In an interview, the company’s Vice President of Infrastructure highlighted the importance of network and described why Facebook is inclined more towards the betterment of its network than anything else. He said that growth in other components like processors was very predictable that they were not going to keep up with the future demands. Similarly, he highlighted how the development in the data capacity of storage media like Flash was apparently and certainly limited. But in the case of network technology, things were going crazy.
The network of data centers has jumped from 1 Gigabit Ethernet to 100 Gigabit Ethernet in under ten years, another jump to 400 Gigabit second is also near. The Facebook’s Vice President predicted that data center network is likely to grow and scale immensely for nearly the same expense, surpassing all other components of the data center in these categories. A solid scaling out of the network is foreseen by Facebook officials in next decade.
Many other companies like Microsoft are also putting more effort into growing their networks. This trend has triggered the startups and companies to look for more innovations in increasing data center technology.