Emerson Network Identifies 5 Most Promising Data Center Trends for 2016

By CIOReview | Thursday, November 12, 2015

COLUMBUS, OH: With managements inclining interest more towards the critical developments like speed of deployment, manageability and security, data centers are at that particular stage of the modern software technology, serving a critical role in expanding capabilities for enterprises. As data centers operators pursue ways to reciprocate to the needs of dynamic market, Emerson Network, a provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications technology systems, has released a list of five data center trends that will stand-out in 2016.

Below are the five different trends to watch out for that can change the way we look at the data center in the year 2016 and time beyond.

Cloud Gets too Narcissist

When cloud took over the driving seat, data center operators were quick enough to figure out that they had to adapt or succumb to some other more agile provider. Forward thinking organization have already poised to expand cloud innovations, from SaaS to true hybrid environments, as greater number of organizations have already moved to a bimodal architecture. But statistics has got something else to say. It clearly shows that rather than rationalizing, cloud has turned out to be more complicated. The latest server utilization research conducted by Stanford, found that enterprise data center servers still only delivers on an average scale between five and 15 percent of their maximum computing output. In addition, 30 percent of physical servers are “comatose,” meaning they have not delivered even a single service in six months or more. The operation to identify and eliminate comatose servers will eventually up the lead. But, the prospective for unused data center to become a part of a shared device is going to be high. Further, distributed cloud computing will be also explored, forcing enterprise data centers to sell its excess capacity on open market.

Architecture’s Conquest over Technology

Though data center technology has an essential part to play in ensuring manageability and scalability, data center in future will rely more on architectures than on technologies.  “We are seeing more customers who in the past would have defaulted to a traditional Tier 3 or Tier 4 power architecture coming to us and asking for help in defining the right architecture for their environment,” says Peter Panfil, Vice President, Global Power, Emerson Network Power.

Data Centers: New Era, New Definitions

The Internet of Things (IoT) will be having a disruptive upsurge in the future of data center architectures by increasing the volume of processed data, while also impacting the data center management. The current ruling data centers constitutes a host of different language speaking devices that includes, IPMI, SNMP, and Mod Bus, which may lead to cease the flexibility. But that will be outclassed with the mighty existence of Redfish, a spinout of Emerson. Redfish will ease up interconnectivity across data center systems that enable new level of visibility, control and automation. Its huge adoptivity will also ensure a well-to-do use of IoT in other applications as well.

Social Responsibility takes the Lead

A colossal number of organizations are shifting their focus from efficiency to sustainability, while viewing their data centers through a socially responsible lens.  The effect of including data center will precisely expand from on-premise technology decisions to the full data center suite, including collocation and cloud providers.

Neighborhood Data Center Has the Last Laugh

The digital content consumption has been in the amelioration phase, and the challenges of centralized data center model have also increased. As organizations extend their support towards analytics, location-based services, and personalized content; “edge of network facilities or neighborhood data centers” will capitalize on this opportunity to take competitive advantage by offering low-latency content and applications to users.