Modularity and Emerging Trends in Data Center Design

TrendData Center Dynamics is always a great reading on the pulse of the industry, and the December, 2010 conference in Richardson Texas set the sounding board for contemporary developments in modularity and efficiency in data centers.  The following are thoughts and reflections on the discussions held during the conference.

Data Center Design:  From Traditional to the Future

The shift in computing paradigms over the past fifty years has, to some extent, followed generational timelines.  Early in the computing evolutionary timeline, computing and storage existed in a centralized in a consolidated data processing footprint, optimized for efficiency driven by high cost of systems.  End users reached their data and application through thin client devices.  The upfront costs for hardware and software were very high.