Colocation data centres, in 2016 were impacted with trends such as radical innovations in cloud computing and green energy. As cloud technology integrates further into IT operations, focus would rather drift towards critical infrastructure as more and more businesses leaps forward with bulky data.
IT professionals and industry evangelists believe that 2017 will be the year when investments would pool to ensure real time flexibility and nimbleness in data facilities are met. Here’re a few infrastructure trends already shaping the ecosystem as we see!
- Cutting-edge connectivity
While the world eye for 5G wireless connectivity, a typical data centre look towards delivering services and applications through mediums such as connected sensors and devices. The technology allow users quick access to information that as a result let organisations to pre-configure solutions for deployment of superfast, standardised and remotely managed IT locations through speedy internet. Modularity and standardisation are already streamlining large colocation data centres.
- From thermal management to sustainability
To drive down energy cost while keeping the productivity intact is everyone’s aim. In a typical data centre infrastructure, the traditional approach of “maximum cooling” is being replaced by heat resistant equipment and techniques which is cost effective and efficient approach!
The use of advanced economiser technologies and intelligent thermal controls supports PUEs below 1.2. Energy efficiency remains a global concern however in selected regions; water consumption and use of coolants are far more debated upon.
Data centre operators are taking steps to customise thermal management per the location and resource accessibility. Yet a significant increase in use of adiabatic and evaporative cooling techs to ensure reliability, efficiency and economic thermal management can be seen around the world.
Areas facing scarcity of water, desiccated cooling systems like the pumped-refrigerants are more preferred and already being used.
- Upgraded security to the data centre management
Cyber hacks and breaches continue to be the news headline which makes security a serious concern to look upon especially when it comes to colocation data centres. The more devices are being connected for easy management and automation, threat vector also expands.
Professionals have already taken real-time steps to increase data centre security, helping them identify imminent threats and vulnerabilities thus countering attacks before they happen. Data consolidations from devices supporting DCM today are potential solutions. Further modification can actually provide early warning of threats and unsecured port connections.
- DCIM proves valuable
DCIM continues expanding its significance in the issues that can be resolved within the increasing complex data centre ecosystem. Visionary operators are already addressing data centre challenges like managing hybrid environment, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and regulatory compliance using DCIM. Even, colocation service providers find it valuable to analyse the customer cost and provide remote visibility into their assets.
- Viable alternatives to lead-acid batteries
New and innovative solutions to counter the weak connections in power systems are already here, providing safer, cost-effective and convenient alternative to the traditional valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries.
Lithium-ion batteries are more promising with ever advancing construction, low cost and chemistries offering viable alternative for colos. The battery technology isn’t something extraordinary, operators do reap greater benefits in terms of economy and industry commercialisation.
- More integrated infrastructure design & deployment
The integration of advance technology in a typical data centre infrastructure has increased significantly over the last few years. Operators prefer incorporated and moderated solutions that are quickly deployable, scalable and efficiently operable.
Companies that form bulk of data centre capacity nowadays are a result of speed-to-market being the driving element. The traditional silos or storage towers falling between the construction and engineering phases are comparably unproductive and unwieldy.
Businesses that look forward to stay competitive and transition seamlessly to innovative cloud-based technologies must strengthen their IT infrastructure and this is most important for colocation data centres!
- IT industry would continue to evolve in 2017 and beyond. The only way to guarantee success is moving with the pace and accepting all the changes by taking steps on implementation.