It could be argued that 2016 will be one of the most challenging years for data centers. The exponential growth in computing power will require data centers to restructure how they store, manage, and process data while businesses will request prompt response to ever-changing requirements. Data center facilities must step out of their comfort zones and implement infrastructure plans that will help them meet emerging trends.
With that in mind, here are five data center trends to watch for in 2016.
- More Colocation Providers Will Invest in Renewable Energy
Large customers of data center colocation services have committed Green initiatives to their own customers. As a result, major enterprises like Equinix and Interxion have already initiated their own green energy programs, buying more renewable energy.
Data center colocation providers need to adapt and make efficiency a priority. According to the National Resources Defense Council, data center energy consumption in the US alone could be cut down by 40% by implementing existing renewable technology and monitoring.
- Businesses Will Increasingly Use Colocation Data Centers
Building, managing, and operating your own data center is a costly and complicated strategy if this is not a part of one’s core competency. Businesses will increasingly move their computing needs to highly connected colocation data centers to access services privately over direct networks. More than that, experts estimate that more and more data center facilities will partner with cloud service providers to make their services more accessible and attract more organizations.
If you are considering moving your operations to a data center colocation provider, add access to cloud services to the list of evaluation criteria, at the same level with power costs, location, and connectivity.
- Data Centers Will Deliver the Power of the Internet of Things
According to Gartner, more than 25 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, creating a major demand for data storage and processing. By serving IoT technologies, data centers will be central to real time data tracking and analysis key to IOT.
A typical data center may waste a significant portion of its budget on inefficiencies that will only get worse as data demands and complexity increase. That’s why automation will become the norm in 2016 to reduce workload and human errors, and boost responsiveness to capacity demands and system failures.
- Next-Generation IT Infrastructure
The new alternatives to IT infrastructure designed by cloud giants like Google, Facebook, or Amazon provides inspiration to others for capturing new efficiencies of ICT design. However, that will be a hard step to take for many, especially because of attachment to traditional power and cooling service delivery techniques. But, IT architectures that enable building block scalability, high availability, and energy efficiency will become the norm as time goes on.
2016 promises to be an interesting year for data centers, full of opportunities and challenges.
By Staff Writer