Emerging Data Center Trends in 2022

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Ever since the virus hit us, things have changed. It was normal to have trends due to change in demands by people.

Technology was already moving at a very high paced rate but now the IT industry needs to push itself and innovate various technologies.

Pandemic has shifted people and businesses to carry out their daily tasks through the digital world. Now, people are buying their groceries, essentials, and clothing through websites. Businesses are conducting their meeting with their investors, employing employees and even employees are working from home in certain job positions.

Everything is now mostly through the internet which makes the companies be able to store and deal with even more data than ever. This pandemic brought several challenges to the IT industry but the IT industry has overcome some challenges and also introduced some trends in the data center.

Following are the emerging data center trends in 2022:

Sustainability

Moving towards a sustainable environment is not only necessary for the Earth and people living in it but it will also be beneficial for companies. Using eco-friendly equipment or bringing changes in the company to shift towards a sustainable environment will help the company to reduce its costs and manage its data well.

Companies should turn towards sustainability because they use a lot of electricity which comes from fossil fuel and on the other side when equipment is in use they generate heat which is also harmful to the environment and even if a company uses HVAC, it will also require electricity.

Artificial Intelligence

Gaming experiences are moving more towards AR and VR and now it will not only be limited to gaming but will be used to have a permanent effect on the real Earth.

This is why the use of AI and machine learning will be widely used in the data center. These will help in handling real-time sensitive latencies, public and private cloud, colocation, and edge computing.

Artificial Intelligence – it is referred to as a computer or a robot controlled by a computer to do tasks that are usually done by humans as the task requires human intelligence and discernment.

Machine Learning – it is a type of AI but it derives output values based on algorithms that used historical data. This does not require explicit programming and can predict better outcomes.

Hybrid Data Centers

Hybrid data centers will increase their demand as they provide security and control which are better when compared to the public cloud.

It is referred to as mixed computing and storage environments. This way, a company can enjoy the benefits of on-premises data centers, private cloud, and/or public clouds services.

Small Data

It is referred to the data which is small enough to be comprehended by a human. It is about people. Forbes defines it as “a paradigm to facilitate fast, cognitive analysis of the most vital data in situations where time, bandwidth, or energy expenditure are of the essence”. This s why small data will be in high demand.

Cyber Security

As everyone is getting more dependent on the internet, companies need to provide security to their customers on the data that the customers share with the company.

Other than providing security to their customers, companies also need to protect the company’s data which is why companies will have more focus on security.

Increased Scalability

Datacenter highly requires high capacity data storage spaces. To overcome this challenge, the company must introduce technology that will suit the storage space required and thus provide the necessary processing power.

Software Virtualization

This trend will help data centers to have reduced costs relating to hardware. It will transform storage into something virtual. It has already led to an additional data center, i.e., software-defined data centers.

Software virtualization allows a computer to run in one or more virtual environments.

5G

5G has always been in conversations. Although it is just more speed than 4G and it is still on a full roll now. And it will have major implications on the data center. It is also required data center requires ultra-fast data speeds and 0 latency but it comes with investment in new hardware and new software.

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It will also boost technological innovation which will lead to improvement in the AI field. Higher connection density will make technologies and data center more efficient.

Colocation Data Centers and Edge Computing

For the past few years, industries have been pairing colocation facilities and edge computing together. Both will have a direct impact on each other. Both will have an increase in demand due to their flexibility, availability, and affordable initial investment, and thus they will become crucial for industries.

Colocation Data Center – In a traditional data center, a company had its own data center fixed at its premises. In a colocation data center, the data center is kept at a rented place along with other companies. Every company will have its equipment but “co-located” at a different place, also known as a third-party data center.

Edge Computing – this helps in performing computing on-site or through a particular data source which reduces the need to process data in a remote data center. This computing is done outside the cloud but at the edge of the network, i.e., through the applications which require real-time data processing or through instant data and not through big data.

Fewer Outage

People are now much more dependent on the internet not only because it is convenient but also because it is fast. If a company’s server crashes often it makes the customers shift to another company. A company’s website can crash due to many reasons but one main reason which affects both the company and its customer is power outages.

Power outages affect the company’s server which helps in providing information to its user and also affect the gathering and storing of data.

According to Uptime Institute, data managers and owners reported having power outages were 69% in 2021 whereas in 2020, there was 78% of data managers and the owner reported power outages.

Power outages also add to the cost of a company due to damages it causes.

Power outages also occur due to high traffic from numerous companies but companies have already suffered due to coronavirus pandemic. To overcome this challenge, the data center industry will have more focus on remote monitoring, intelligent management systems to reduce outages.

Increase in employment in skilled IT professional

People often say that technology will replace the need for people, reduce the need for staffing but first, the industry needs skilled data center professionals to create fully automated data centers in the first place.  

Apart from these, there are varieties of challenges in the IT industry for which companies need to upgrade their equipment, companies also require different customized equipment depending on their goals. When this equipment is made, it requires research, then the equipment needs to be studied, and then again there will be upgrades for them. This whole process requires skilled IT professionals.

End of Moore’s Law

Moore’s law – under this law, the number of transistors on a microchip will double every two years.

It is already clear that at one point in time, the number of transistors can no longer be doubled in a chip and this moment has come. The smallest transistor has reached a minimum of 1 mm and can longer be reduced.

Thus, the industry will shift towards software-defined hardware which will be a size fits all chip, according to DataCenterKowledge.