Data Center Trends That Can Benefit Your Business
With so much pressure on data centers to meet customer demands, managers have had to react accordingly to ensure scalability, resilience and constant availability. The data center industry has seen continuous innovation and improvement in recent years; we’ve had a look at some current data center trends that facility managers need to be aware of.
Building Block Stability
Large companies such as Google and Facebook have recognized the benefits of a scalable data center, enabling smooth expansion as their business needs fluctuate. Smaller enterprises too have realized this approach can allow them to grow their facility at a pace that is suited to their business requirements. Emerging technologies must replicate the high level of resilience found in traditional technology and designs if they hope to encourage more businesses to move towards this building block methodology.
Environmental issues remain a highly topical issue within the data center industry. Governments, environmental groups and shareholders are all calling on data centers to pay greater attention to their environmental impact. Hyper scale data centers have pledged their effort to a greener environment, demonstrated in their ability to increase computing demands without altering existing cooling efforts or power distribution. Enterprise data centers are increasingly looking to renewable energy sources to ensure compliance with government regulations and improve their public image.
Real time management of the facility is a high priority for data center managers. Smart technologies such as sensors can assist facility managers to monitor environmental issues and the status of equipment to ensure everything is functioning efficiently. Sensors provide data on the temperature, humidity and electrical flow within the white space. This information can be integrated with the network monitoring systems to enable data centers to sustain optimum availability.
Hyper-convergence is one of the fastest growing methods for deploying IT in the data center. The system combines all the major IT components into a singular structure managed via a software layer. With virtualization highlighting the downfalls of SAN storage, hyper-convergence has established itself as one of the speediest processes for IT deployment in data centers
Companies are using hyper-convergence in the deployment of general workloads as well as workloads in remote offices and for storage purposes. With virtualization highlighting the downfalls of SAN storage and businesses requiring further simplification of infrastructure, hyper- convergence has gained even greater momentum. As we become more educated about the hyper-convergence trend we will be able to further understand and explore the benefits of this method.
In a constantly evolving IT industry, gauging the future demands for data centers can be a difficult task. It’s crucial to engineer a flexible data center that can evolve and expand without having to make significant changes to the white space and building systems. Ensure that your data center is designed to offer flexibility and scalability to your customers so you can meet their requirements now and in the future.
Connectivity & Availability
New expectations have been established when it comes to non-stop connectivity and online availability. Customers have virtually no acceptability for system outages or downtime. Data centers have to maintain 24/7 availability, sometimes having to install servers hastily to avoid any stoppage. Many companies have introduced a resiliency focused model in order to recover from server or equipment failure in the most efficient and speedy manner possible.
The implementation of automated processes in the data center will reduce the rate of human error in the white space and speed up companies’ response to equipment failures. This move away from reliance on repetitive processes will also reduce heavy workloads and allow data center managers to invest more time in monitoring processes and optimizing user experience.
Embracing current data center trends and innovations can play a major role in improving the overall efficiency of your facility. Through implementing new technologies, adopting systems to ensure greater availability and taking a more scalable approach to design, you can guarantee your data center will cope with demand and meet changing customer requirements.