What New Trends to Consider for Data Centers Before Modernizing it?

By CIOReview | Monday, August 22, 2016
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An Overview

With disruptive technologies are being introduced and exponential increase in computing power businesses are demanding a prompt response to quickly changing requirements. By incorporating smart technologies into the data center, facility managers are trying to keep track of real time status of components and environmental measurements to keep operations flowing smoothly. According to MarketsandMarkets research, ‘Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)’ is expected to grow upto $3.14Bn by 2017 with ‘Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)’ of 47.33 percent.

Key Trends in Data Center

IT has simplified the workflow of organizations by involving automation in processes and by building data center infrastructure. Organizations highly rely on efficient computing speed of data centers to manage data which has induced various latest technological developments in data centers. Here are some of the trends which can be witnessed in 2016:

• Modular Data Center: According to MarketsandMarkets research, modular data centers are expected to grow from $10.34Bn to $38.30Bn by 2021 due to its high portability. The data center is equipped with all the technologies required which includes power source, fire extinguishers, and cooling source to be able to transport from one place to another. Modular data centers are easy to deploy with less capital as it reduces data center infrastructure investment to large extent and operates with moderate computing speed by consuming less energy. By introducing such imperative solution, IT industry is outreaching the demands of data center users with high scalability. Companies such as Dell, Emerson Network Power, Huawei, and Cisco are already engaged in modular data center solutions.
• Internet of Things (IoT): Data center operators always need real time data to determine temperature, humidity, and also ensure constant supply of power. To maintain real time data, operators highly rely on IoT which draws data from various connected devices. Smart technologies such as ‘IoT’ bring out optimal utilization of network equipment for data centers. The advantage of implementing ‘IoT’ for data centers is that it reduces capital investment for network equipments by leveraging data centers operations.
• Green Data Centers: Every organization attempts to utilize minimum energy to make their systems functional in the view to protect energy sources from extinction. In race to optimize energy usage, data centers will witness competitive advantage of using renewable energy sources. Renewable energy sources are freely available by nature and enterprises will need to incorporate technologies such as solar panels which reduce the consumption of fuels. Deploying such practices will leverage data center equipment utilization by contributing to environment-friendly infrastructure.
• Data center on Cloud: With the intrusion of ‘cloud’ in IT era, organizations are able to manage their processes from remote places. Cloud in association with automation brings out ‘virtualization’ which mitigates data center’s computation and security challenges to larger extent. Hybrid and public clouds are preferred by various IT professionals to leverage data centers with virtual environment. Cloud for data center eliminates manual intervention by sharing workload among other connected devices. The advantage of including cloud in data center includes data recovery from any disaster and also virtualization ensures availability of applications. Companies such as Microsoft and VMware are already engaged in providing hybrid cloud solutions for data centers.
• Converged and Software Synchronized Infrastructure: Software Defined Network (SDN) will bring out simplified IT environment to manage data. According to ‘Centurylink.com’, the SDN market is expected rise upto $8Bn by 2018 as it brings out automated operations for an organization. SDN reduces data traffic and errors which lowers operational costs by bringing out agility in organization’s processes. The software enabled infrastructure regularly examines the functionality of IT devices and ensures applications run efficiently to get desired output. SDN places complete infrastructure at one place by connecting devices by forming converged software driven infrastructure for an organization. The converged infrastructure regulated by software layer also incorporates ‘virtualization’ of systems and plays a crucial role for storage capability of data centers. Convergence in data centers is a thin layer which can bridge virtual networks with physical devices by using latest IT technologies.

Securing Data Center

Securing the business data remains crucial for organizations while formulating business-decisions. According to IBM, organizations create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data and 90 percent of it has already been created in last two months in the world. Digital era has simplified sharing of data and it requires certain level of security and precaution to convey exact message to the receiver. Despite of modern security measures to protect data, threats from ‘cyber’ world has always been concerning issue with the organizations. IT professionals are looking for solutions that can leverage security within organization to mitigate cyber threats. According to ‘Datacenterknowledge.com’, around 75 percent of IT executives expressed their concern over cyber attacks and suggested further improvements in IT security for data centers.

Organizations are also grappled with ‘downtime’ issue which calls for alternate methods to store and access data. Replication and snapshot of data can be alternative solution to backup data apart from traditional methods to store data in 2016.  

With the inclusion of cloud services, organizations can add in advantage of virtualization to share process workload by bringing out certain level of automation in systems. The automation is governed by ‘Application Program Interface (API)’ which is useful to connect devices using cohesive IT technology. API evolves a sense of active security initiatives within CIOs and IT professionals by replacing primitive acuity with modern IT perception as it assists in inspecting data traffic.

Automation helps in lowering workload and reduces human intervention by allowing enterprises to share information without human interference. Systems within organizations communicate with each other to share data with secured connections during disaster such as sudden server downtime. Organizations and IT professionals are embracing new skills to manage data center as per ever increasing need of end users. Virtualized processes and automated workflow promises further developments in data centers in term of security and simplified operations which further leverage various facets of data center. With the consistent advancement in data center technologies and its ability to incorporate latest IT technology, data centers are set to transform data management approaches in long run.