10 minute read12 Trends in Data Centers for 2022
Technology is forever and quickly evolving, leading to an increase in the adoption of Cloud Computing, resulting in a need to reduce internal IT costs and the automation of data center operations. Each iteration can lead to an increase in efficiency or a decrease in costs. But, what new and innovative things should you expect, moving forward? Check out or 12 data center trends for 2022.
Technology changes, improving itself consistently, so the need to keep up with predictions and new trends is vital for the effective performance of data centers. Some of the trends you can look forward to seeing include:
High-Performance Data Storage Devices:
One of the data center storage trends for 2022 is also a key concern for companies. The use of Hard Drive Disks (HDDs) in data storage was once the obvious choice, due to its price and availability. Unfortunately, the use of these storage devices is becoming almost extinct. The use of SSDs (Solid State Drives) and flash memory have been the trend for data storage and data centers due to their performance and speed in storing and accessing data. As innovation continues and the need for data grows exponentially, innovations in new technologies will continue to appear that make data storage even smaller and faster.
The major drive behind edge computing is the 5G network. This is the major networking trend for 2022. 5G relies upon super fast-moving data with no latency and access from anywhere around the globe. This will require upgrades of network components, hardware, and software utilized in data center hardware. Think ahead to how 5G will affect your data center.
Hybrid Cloud Network:
Data centers are turning to hybrid cloud networks to provide them with the necessary security and control expected from a private network as well as the perks of public cloud networks. So this year cloud services industry growth is up. While the cloud does provide some benefits, it is not always the best idea to throw everything into the cloud. Thus, hybrid networks work to provide a benefit. Are you a candidate for a hybrid network? Moving any of your data to the cloud can be a huge migration headache. You might want to use a Third Party Maintenance provider to help with that move, even while you maintain some storage and servers in-house.
Intelligent Monitoring Software:
To get a better, more forward-looking outlook and to make strategic decisions, intelligent monitoring enables you to get real-time data delivered without the need for your physical presence – like an advanced system monitor. Rather than trying to draw conclusions from past actions, using this technology gives you access to the real-time results of data centers, enabling you to monitor performance on the fly. Intelligent monitoring comes in handy when you need a proactive and predictive delivery. As the data center industry gets faster, a quick reaction provides multiple benefits: improved security, cost savings, and troubleshooting opportunities. As potential challenges arise, problems are dealt with before they have a chance to cause a negative impact.
The use of AI-powered tools in data centers to collate and interpret unstructured data, decipher patterns, and intelligently make decisions on large amounts of Big Data should ensure efficiency in day-to-day operations and a better user and operator experience. As Scikit, TensorFlow, PyTorch, and other, similar systems evolve, it’s likely you will see more neutral network systems for monitoring in action. In addition, the use of deep learning systems will contribute to predicting future downtime of equipment based on historical data and machine learning models trained on your own equipment. With the evolution of no-code systems being developed, and forecasting and data-driven insight platforms relying more heavily on AI models, there’s never been a better time to invest in machine learning either as a service or within your own organization with a dedicated team. With the vast majority of tools coalescing around Python libraries or open-source SDKs, these systems have inspired a new generation of bedroom coders to branch out into data analysis.
Customized Co-Location Services:
With the rising cost of real estate, the demand for co-location services has sky-rocketed in recent years. Co-location offers businesses full control over their equipment while providing monitoring, space, power, and cooling services to provide shared operational costs. Clients also will have the right tools to manage their infrastructure remotely. You can make it a point to take advantage of this service as it becomes more available.
Virtualization of storage, networking, and computing resources has effectively cut down data center expenditures. By abstracting hardware into software form, virtualization gives room for multiple users to be allocated to one server while having almost infinite storage. Software virtualization also enables spreading the workload of one server across multiple servers. With the emergence of Software-Defined Data Centers (SDDC), data centers now offer pay-as-you-use services, reducing costs and making it affordable for all, especially smaller, businesses.
Efficient and Eco-Friendly Power Systems:
The use of alternate sources of power is hitting every major industry, as is sustainability. For example, the growth in popularity of Tesla’s all-electric vehicles, and the latest invention in solar power storage batteries, called the PowerWall, is just the beginning. As the years continue, innovation in renewable energy sources like wind, solar energy, and biodiesel should be on your radar. Data centers still account for about 2% of the total annual greenhouse gas emissions. The need for eco-friendly alternate power sources as a primary or secondary source of energy will continue.
Hyperscale Data Centers:
Data centers that will scale up their computing power, at great order of magnitude, in order to meet high computing demand. Hyperscale Data Centers are very flexible and can scale up or down, depending on the processing power needed. HDCs usually have over 5,000 servers covering only 10,000 square feet of space, allowing companies, that do not consistently need a ton of space, save money and scale only when certain seasonalities take place.
Latency has been a major issue for data centers, and in recent times it has even become more critical due to the large amounts of data transferred. The rise of Edge computing processes has come to solve the problem of latency by ensuring swift networking services all-round. This process is carried out by locating more processors closer to the end-users that will deliver cached content and relay less data back to the center of the network.
The Data Center Industry is moving towards quantum computing to speed up its computational operations. Although quantum computers are not meant to replace modern classical computers, as they are not built to perform simple day-to-day tasks, instead they are to be used to evaluate highly complex computational problems. The computational speed of quantum computers are far greater than even the best supercomputers as they are said to have an infinite number of states that ensures the possibilities of high computational operations at exponential rates, simultaneously. The use of quantum computers also serves as a means of significantly reducing the cost of power as they consume less power (100 to 1000 times) compared to supercomputers. Although most companies have not been able to achieve quantum computing, it is one to look for in the future.
It was reported that data breaches exposed billions of records, just in the first six months of 2019. In most cases, this is characterized by data centers cutting corners to save money at the expense of their security. Some secure hosting services do not cost a fortune but they are only suitable for small-scale organizations, using them in large organizations gives room for exposure to cyber-attacks. Data Center security is one component of data centers that should be free of compromises as data should be safe and adequately protected.
The use of chip-level security will ensure that both hardware and software are in their intended, incorruptible form, hence ensuring the server boots with the right firmware. Also, the use of virtual security appliances with numerous points in the data center helps in keeping track of all parts of the network, creating new layers of security that can help to fight malware, unauthorized devices, and network viruses. Smart network monitoring algorithms can also help control the movement of data while granting access to only authorized devices.
Next Steps ↓
No matter what trends play out, in-house data centers will remain, and the need for TPM providers will remain. Even so, the technology behind data center products is evolving, and the need to keep up with trends is vital. The role of TPM companies should not be underestimated as they play a vital role in the longevity and efficiency of your data center.
Reliant Technology, as your TPM provider, has the skills needed for each of these trends. They will continue to provide you with up-to-date services that guarantee the productivity of your data centers while maintaining low costs.
Allow Reliant Technology to help you learn and identify the next steps you should take regarding trending products by contacting us today.
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by Todd Bennett
Todd leads a team of expert IT consultants, helping customers around the world with their data center hardware, maintenance, and support needs, providing uptime, capacity, and savings options to enable IT and Procurement teams to do more with their existing budgets. Todd has been in enterprise technology for more than 30 years.
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