IT & Network Infrastructure : 'Big Traffic' Bottlenecks to Plague Enterprise Data Centers: 10 Reasons Why

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-11-03 Print this article Print
Defining Big Traffic

Defining Big Traffic

Big Traffic is server-to-server traffic traversing WAN links connecting data centers. This is different from most Big Data workloads, which commonly emanate from user-to-machine or machine-to-machine traffic.
We all know about Big Data as it refers to growing workloads of structured and unstructured data pouring into data centers. Well, networks handling Big Traffic are what brings all this data into servers, storage arrays and cloud services. Big Traffic is server-to-server I/O that moves between data centers, traveling through wide-area network (WAN) links. Make no mistake, the volume of Big Traffic is growing, and it's unlikely to level off anytime soon. New problems are occurring as a result. Due to older, inadequate IT that wasn't designed for this tsunami of data, bottlenecks are coming up everywhere, especially on the storage side. As a result, a new sector of the IT business is rapidly coming to the fore: data management for the new-generation data center. This slide show, with most of the information supplied by Haseeb Budhani, vice president of products, and Ashwath Kakhandiki, director of marketing, at WAN optimization hardware maker Infineta, will cite key data points involving Big Traffic so as to offer keener insight into what's happening. Infineta, in fact, is the only WAN optimization provider using a hardware-based approach.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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