Hyperscale data centers
Part 1: Hyperscale data center means different hardware needs, roles for IT
Remember when data centers had separate racks, staffs and management tools for servers, storage, routers and other networking infrastructure? Those days seem like a fond memory in today's hyperscale data center. That setup worked well when applications were relatively separate or they made use of local server resources such as RAM and disk and had few reasons to connect to the Internet.
But, with the intersection of intensive virtualization and the growth of Internet applications that touch on Web, database, and other cloud-based services, things have gotten more complex. A wider range of computing services is available to satisfy these various applications, including more compute-intensive applications that involve big data and higher-volume and higher-density server configurations. So, today there are many more options for data center server and network architecture -- which will trickle down to impact overall data center design.
There is no longer a single right way to build out your data center. With so many more choices available, data centers have more flexibility.