Thursday, November 23, 2017

2017 will see data centres future-proof against digital economy failures

If 2016 was the year of consolidation, 2017 will be the year of make it or break it for the data centre industry which is becoming the backbone of modern society.

The rise in use of IoT, M2M and other smart solutions, allied with the ever growing adoption of cloud (either private, public or hybrid) will drive the need to future-proof data centres before it is too late.

In a 2017 trend layout from Vertiv, Giordano Albertazzi, president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said that 2017 will be the year that IT professionals will invest in future-proofing their data centre facilities to “ensure that they remain nimble and flexible in the years to come”.

He said: “In 2016, global macro trends significantly impacted the industry, with new cloud innovations and social responsibility taking the spotlight.

“As cloud computing has integrated even further into IT operations, the focus will move to improving underlying critical infrastructure as businesses look to manage new data volumes.”

The company has released six major trends which it believes will be the main talking-points for a non-stop growing industry.

First, Vertiv highlights that distributed IT and the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are pushing IT resources closer to users and industrial processes.

This will result in organisations turning to pre-configured micro data centre solutions that support fast deployment, greater standardisation and remote management across distributed IT locations.

“Standardisation and modularity are becoming as important in distributed IT locations as they are in large data centres.”

Secondly, thermal management is expected to expand to sustainability, with data centre operators tailoring thermal management based on data centre location and resource availability.

Furthermore, the company expects a large shake-up in security responsibilities which could extend to data centre management as of next year.

In addition, with ever growing amounts of data being generated in real-time, having the right software to track everything and anything will be key in the digital economy.

As a result, Vertiv says 2017 will be the year when DCIM systems prove their value.

“Forward-thinking operators are using DCIM to address data centre challenges, such as regulatory compliance, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), and managing hybrid environments.

“Finally, colocation providers are finding DCIM to be a valuable tool in analysing their costs by customer and in providing their customers with remote visibility into their assets.”

On the batteries field, the power giant predicts that alternatives will to lead-acid batteries, which can reduce footprint, expand runtimes and enhance sustainability.

Lastly, Vertiv believes that data centre design and deployment will become more integrated.

According to the company, vendors that bring together infrastructure expertise, design and engineering capabilities and sophisticated project management to deliver a turnkey capability can build better data centres faster.

Albertazzi said: “For businesses looking to stay competitive and seamlessly transition to new, cloud based technologies, the strength of their IT infrastructure continues to be the cornerstone of success.

“With data volumes rapidly rising, IT infrastructures will continue to evolve throughout 2017 to offer faster, more secure and more efficient services needed to meet these new demands. Investment in the right infrastructure – not just a new infrastructure – is essential.

“It is therefore vital that a partner with a strong history of data centre operations is involved throughout the system upgrade – from planning and design, to project management and ongoing maintenance and optimisation.”

To read more on what experts are forecasting for 2017, head to Data Economy’s blog section where you will find a vast collection of blogs on the topic as part of a special end of the year coverage.