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Five Data Center Trends to Watch

February 11, 2016

With all the computing action now happening in the cloud, it is little surprise that data centers are both undergoing changes and becoming key strategic assets for larger firms.

While there are many changes happening in the data center right now, here are five of the biggest trends.

1. Shifting emphasis on computing and on-demand access

Storage has historically been at the heart of the data center, but the role is changing as disaster recovery and redundancy is being replaced by processing needs and increasing on-demand access.

This shift is pushing data centers to be more distributed, and changes the fundamental usage of many data centers.

2. Efficiency is the name of the game

As data centers move to more real-time processing, efficiency becomes key. Expect to see growth in point of presence (PoP) data centers, supporting content delivery networks for service providers, in addition to increased use of network functions virtualization and software defined networking. Interconnection and peering among service providers also will grow to meet efficiency needs.

3. Data centers on the edge

Following the need for efficiency, a big trend that’s still gaining momentum is computing at the edge as a way to reduce latency. Placing data centers closer to end users as a way to reduce the number of hops needed is increasingly important as computing shifts to app-driven interactions where software no longer can wait for the data from the data center.

4. DCIM grows in importance

Running data centers efficiently means efficient physical infrastructure. That includes power and cooling efficiency, which in turn is putting more emphasis on data center infrastructure management (DCIM). The likes of Google and Facebook have invested heavily in this area, with Facebook going so far as to do a fundamental rethink of every component of the data center to glean more efficient use at all levels and in all ways.

5. Hyperscale Emerges

The need for reliable, high-performance computing in the data center is pushing many firms to start to move toward hyperscale data centers.

Both the move to data centers at the edge and the increase of streaming video and music are pushing the growth in hyperscale data centers.

There are several other trends in the data center world, but these surely are some of the biggest that you’ll see play out this year.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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