Spoke too soon – AOL wants Data Centers to be smaller too

By Mark Wojtasiak, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Seagate

Yesterday, I posted, “Computers are getting smaller, but data centers are getting bigger.” Perhaps, I spoke too soon given AOL’s recent blog that has garnered much attention in the cloud space… think about the capabilities of moving cloud compute capabilities even closer to the edge. Having your compute and storage resources closer to your business without being inside your business could be a game changer. Of course, you would want to ensure some level of disaster recovery or data center mirroring to ensure an act of nature does not take out your building and your data center…that would defeat one of the principle values of moving your compute and storage off premise. But, the game changing element of smaller data centers is obvious: mobility. Just like tablets and smartphones, the opportunity to utilize data center resources anywhere, anytime, and for any purpose is appealing. And it may just open up even more new business opportunities like ‘Community-in-a-box’ as suggested in the GigaOM post. The opportunities could be endless

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