Like all technologies, data centres too, must evolve and develop with market demands. I’ve recently been exploring what the data centres of tomorrow will look like and what influence current trends are having.
Data centres have to adapt to the evolving demands of the market; accessibility, big data storage, mobility, the magnitude of connected devices (BYOD, the Internet of Things) and the green agenda.
The cloud and virtualisation has been with us for some time now and the demand for this is only going to increase. Data centres need to be able to deliver applications and data to the end user, wherever they may be and on whichever device they choose, therefore, it is important that not only can tomorrow’s data centres handle the storage of this data, but also the access. And the only way of ensuring this happens is with world-class connectivity.
The Internet of Things is going to be a huge disruptor for data centres. By 2020, Gartner predicts that there will be 26 billion devices installed into the Internet of Things, generating a magnitude of connections and associated data. This reinforces the importance of the network and how data is delivered to and from devices.
And then there’s the green aspect. Will the increase in virtualisation of data centres allow them to be more environmentally friendly? Data-centre providers are being pushed to reduce their carbon footprint, and there are clear signs that advances in technology such as renewable energy and server utilisation will significantly impact on greener ways to power and cool data centres, not to mention the benefits of reducing the need for companies to operate their own inefficient server rooms.
But, no matter what the trends are, or how people are wanting to access and store data, there should always be one key driver. Keeping the most valuable asset, the data, secure at all times must always be the number one priority.
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