There has been a paradigm shift in data center concepts over the past decade, Thanks to the development of newer technologies due to improved penetration of internet and easy access to smartphones, many businesses are exploring innovative approaches to engage customers and scale operations to meet challenges of peak traffic volumes.
This has lead to migration of a growing number of data centers from conventional brick and mortar facilities to cloud environment. It is also observed that organizations are beginning to prefer colocation data centers to shift their in-house IT infrastructures to explore advantages of better redundancies and assured network uptime.
Greater performance through hyperscaling
Contemporary data centers are catering to the needs of a myriad of online ventures with the advent of eCommerce industry. Hyperscale data center aimed at reducing breaches in the availability of business critical applications to end users and also achieve greater capabilities of operating websites without bandwidth restrictions. This facilitates a superior browsing experience for customers in terms of the instant opening of pages and faster streaming of live content to name a few.
A majority of big organizations have already begun to incorporate internal facilities of hybrid clouds into their IT infrastructure facilities. Such hybrid cloud infrastructures comprise of bringing two individual clouds together for connecting external and internal workloads.
This enables flawless and uninterrupted transfer of applications and data workloads, boosted by robust access control mechanism based on identity verification measures. Combinations of external and internal cloud infrastructures improve IT capabilities by reducing latency issues associated with I/O dependencies and deliver rock solid fault tolerance.
Micro data centers
Constantly altering the landscape of Internet usage has resulted in greater need for decentralization of data center facilities into the development of micro-data centers. This entirely new concept of edge computing has helped data centers play the vital role as far as infrastructure management practices are concerned.
Development of micro data centers has helped users access cloud’s content delivery properties without any latency issues. Micro data centers provide an enhanced browsing experience to end users due to their proximity to network’s edge. Edge computing has improved penetration of online businesses into tier two and tier three towns effectively.
It is now possible to bridge the divide between hybrid data centers with help of augmented adoption of Open Compute Projects such as Facebook. Enhancement of inter-operability between hybrid data centers will also lead to improvement of efficiency and a smoother coexistence of on-premise as well as cloud environments for excellent output.
Greater economy through higher power density
Since more and more workloads are being shifted to a cloud environment, there will be higher demands to operate such huge volumes of workloads. It is expected that hyper-scale data centers will have to enhance their efficiency and overall compute power by at least ten to hundred times the existing capacities.
Virtualization of network functions will bring about such massive change. In short, the aim will be to reduce PUE sizes by flattening of data center architectures.
Enhanced use of DCIM for performance enhancement
Optimum use of Data Center Infrastructure Management can improve uptime with the significant reduction of downtime to the tune of two to three times the existing level. Enhancement of uptime will be focused more around assured availability and unfaltering resiliency backed by the convergence of physical as well as logical layers.
Towards greener and cooler environments
There will be a continued push towards higher efficiencies of data centers by an adoption of green technologies and cooler setups. This underlines development of data center infrastructure in geographical regions with a perennially cold climate.
Greener data center infrastructures signify underground design, superior engineering for greater efficiency of distribution and optimum use of available power. It is anticipated that pattern of power consumption by legacy data centers will witness the reduction of forty billion KW/Hr by 2018.
The major focus of data centers is to improve efficiency without adding to the overall energy footprint. Better Power Usage Effectiveness is the need of the hour as the global powers are pushing towards the use of sustainable energy resources. More sophisticated power consumption techniques and improved cooling solutions such as vaporizers and economizers are being adopted at a faster pace.
Need for ensuring granular security
The data center will have to pay special attention to the implementation of granular level security due to growing threat of ransomware and other cyber attacks that can impact operations of mission critical applications of enterprises. It is estimated that there will be an increase of security related expenditure in near future as the hackers gain the better edge over legacy security systems.
Implementation of chip level security is certainly going to help achieve robust protection of critical volumes of data storage at data center facilities.
Thanks to the better acceptance of cloud computing across various industry verticals, big cloud service providers are busy establishing hyper-scale data centers that leverage nodes for scaling up or scaling down of computing power and a wide array of cloud resources. These resources include storage facilities, networking, compute power, and memory and are seamlessly matched with client organizations’ requirements.
Presently, there are only about six to seven percent workloads residing in the cloud on the global scale. It is expected that at least 67 percent of global workloads will be moved to a cloud environment by 2020.
Thanks to large scale improvement in hyper-scale data centers and superior cost efficiency as well as the efficiency of public cloud, experts predict that public cloud adoption will witness more accelerated pace than private cloud. If the estimates are to be believed, then around 7 percent of total workloads will be processed from public cloud and private cloud will be contributing to around 33 percent of global cloud workloads.
Global business dynamics keep on changing perpetually and data center infrastructure cannot be immune to these changing dynamics and environment compulsions. Businesses can count on the new versions of hyper-scale data centers for greater networking efficiencies and enhanced security quotient.
New data center design focuses on reduced energy consumption without compromising on efficiency and security. Enterprises can expect to scale up their operation in the eCommerce environment without any hassles with help of data centers in future.