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Emulex Survey Shows I/O 'Perfect Storm:' Virtualization, Cloud, Big Data, and Network Convergence Initiatives Pressure IT Organizations to Scale Data Center Networks
[September 28, 2012]

Emulex Survey Shows I/O 'Perfect Storm:' Virtualization, Cloud, Big Data, and Network Convergence Initiatives Pressure IT Organizations to Scale Data Center Networks

Sep 28, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Driven by a "perfect storm" of technology trends that includes server virtualization, cloud computing, big data and the convergence of storage and data networks, over half (54 percent) of all IT departments are being asked to scale their networks to support speeds of 100Gbps by 2016.

According to a release, that is the finding of a new survey completed by Emulex Corp.

The survey of 1,529 IT leaders across North America and Europe focused on the issues, trends and challenges facing data center personnel and IT organizations, particularly as they relate to data center networks. The central theme emerging from the study is that IT departments, including CIOs and IT executives, are genuinely concerned about how to keep pace with the demand for increased throughput on data center networks: -81 percent of survey participants said that the growing demand for network bandwidth is one of the most critical issues facing data centers today; -76 percent believe that network I/O is the most critical potential bottleneck in the data center; -70 percent said that improving I/O performance in the data center was a "high" or "very high" priority; and -More than half of respondents (52 percent) said that their need for network I/O increases by 60 percent or more annually.

Survey participants called out four key factors driving the demand for network bandwidth in the data center: - Virtualization -85 percent of respondents said network I/O was a "significant" or "very significant" gating factor in limiting how many virtual machines they could run on a single physical server.

-72 percent believe that it will be practical to run as many as 100 virtual servers on a single physical server in two years.

- Cloud Computing -53 percent of respondents indicated that the advent of the cloud had driven the need for additional network bandwidth within their corporate data centers; -40 percent further said that the bandwidth expansion required to support migration to the cloud was 25 percent or more.

- Big Data -Half of all respondents (54 percent) said that over the next two years, big data would increase their organization's need for network bandwidth in the data center by more than 50 percent.

-63 percent said that over the next two years big data applications will cause the amount of storage connected to data center networks to increase by at least 50 percent.

-More than a third (37 percent) of participating IT organizations manage 1 petabyte or more of data, and 11 percent said they currently manage more than 100 petabytes.

- Convergence -45 percent of survey respondents said the convergence of data and storage networks has had a "very significant" or "extremely significant" impact on the need for increased I/O.

-78 percent said they believed it was inevitable that data and storage networks would converge into a single, consolidated network.

-Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of IT organizations have either already moved to a single, converged network for data and storage, or have plans to in the near future.

"The fact that data center networks need to keep getting faster isn't news to anyone," said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex, "but what is amazing is the rate at which the demand for bandwidth is increasing. Today, 40 percent have already deployed 10Gb Ethernet, and in another four years, the majority of those networks will be operating at 100GbE. It's truly unprecedented." Emulex is hosting a webcast today, September 25 th at 9 a.m. PST to present the full survey results, discuss the findings in greater detail, and answer questions from attendees.

Emulex has also produced an education series titled, 'Why I/O Is strategic' consisting of an anthology of briefs by industry analysts and a series of associated webcasts in conjunction with Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), IDC, Evaluator Group and 451 Research, to demonstrate the strategic importance of I/O in the data center.

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