Will cloud replace data center? The view that the cloud will absorb the network arises from the presumption that the cloud will absorb the data center. In this cloud-centric vision of the future, every site would be connected to the cloud and each other using the internet, just as homes, small businesses, and smaller SD-WAN sites are already.
How long do data centers last? Data centers normally have a much shorter lifespan than humans. The buildings are typically on 25 year leases or less. “A hyperscale facility could last 15 to 20 years,” says Howe.
Are data centers going away? Recent survey data indicates that cloud will push traditional enterprise data centers into extinction. However, extinction events are rarely that simple. The network specialist Aryaka recently sponsored a survey of 1,600 IT professionals.