HCI is more straightforward to manage than legacy alternatives. That means your tech staff can spend less time on mundane chores and focus their attention on more pressing matters
"Businesses and organizations in all sectors strive for the most efficient infrastructure. They need an IT framework that will work best for them both now and in the years to come. In many cases, companies look to migrate workloads to the cloud.
There's one form of on-premises framework, though, that's gaining not losing popularity. That on-premises solution is hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). The global HCI market was worth $4.1 billion in 2018. It's predicted to grow to a value of $17.1 billion by 2023..."
Serverless functions aren't limited to public clouds. It's not hard to support them on premises.
"If you follow conversations about trendy DevOps technologies, you have probably heard of serverless functions. But you may not realize that serverless functions aren't just something available from public cloud providers. They can run out of on-prem or colocation data centers, using hybrid or private cloud architectures.
If you've wanted to explore serverless functions without having to depend on a public cloud provider, keep reading for an overview of how and why to deploy serverless functions in your own data center or colocation facility..."
Server response time is often overlooked when it comes to improving page speed
"It can, however, improve your site's ranking. Users like fast sites, so Google likes fast sites. In this article, I show you how to reduce your server response time. I also provide a few other ways to improve your page speed.
How much does server response time matter?
Server Response Time (SRT) is the amount of time between when a web client makes a request (e.g., clicking on a link or entering a URL into the address bar) and the server responds to that request.
With a good SRT-and a site optimized for speed-your website will appear to load almost instantly. Without it, the page will take longer to load, which can damage the user experience and, ultimately, search engine rankings..."
The appetite for compute capacity, and presumably also for storage and networking capacity, in the datacenter of the world might be waning in some sectors of the economy, but thanks to the voracious hunger of the hyperscalers and cloud builders and more than a few large enterprises that need to do more, not less, computing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, server sales are now consistently at the levels we saw way back in the Dot-Com Boom more than twenty years ago.
"In the second quarter ended in June, the market researchers at IDC reckon that the world consumed a whopping 3.19 million shiny new machines, up 18.4 percent from the prior year's second quarter, which was admittedly a bit soft at 2.69 million machines sold but still huge by the standards of the past several decades.
The original design manufacturers, or ODMs, who make custom machinery for the hyperscalers and cloud builders and a very small number of large enterprises, accounted for juts under 1.1 million machines, or 34.4 percent of total shipments, a significant jump from the 25.2 percent share in the year-ago period. Dell, Inspur, Lenovo, Supermicro and a few other original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, who sell predesigned machines to end user customers but who also sometimes work as ODMs for selected customers, also have a sizeable chunk of shipments to the hyperscalers and cloud builders, but we don't know how much..."
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, vendor revenue in the worldwide server market grew 19.8% year over year to $24.0 billion during the second quarter of 2020 (2Q20)
Worldwide server shipments grew 18.4% year over year to nearly 3.2 million units in 2Q20.
In terms of server class, volume server revenue was up 22.1% to $18.7 billion, while midrange server revenue declined 0.4% to about $3.3 billion and high-end systems grew by 44.1% to $1.9 billion.
"Global demand for enterprise servers was strong during the second quarter of 2020," said Paul Maguranis, senior research analyst, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC. "We certainly see areas of reduced spending, but this was offset by investments made by large cloud builders and enterprises targeting solutions that support shifting infrastructure needs caused by the global pandemic. Investments in Asia/Pacific were also particularly strong, growing 31% year over year."
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