The same contributors feel that the use of free cooling - the use of outside air to cool the data centre- will grow significantly in the future. Other opportunities to improve efficiency, they said, will include chip-level cooling, already available today with fanless processors; increased server efficiency, data centres that can withstand higher temperatures, and power delivery that is more streamlined.
Colocation has a bright future in 2025, going by what telecommunications companies think. Asked about how many data centreswill rely on colocation facilities in their network, nine percent of telecommunications companies predicted that everyone(100 percent) would rely on colocation by 2025, while 79 percent thought that at least half of all data centreswill do so. However, competitive conflicts and security concerns could both limit reliance on colocation.
Multiple Data Centre 2025 telecommunications contributors stressed the growing importance of the edge of the network as more compute and storage resources are situated closer to the end user to reduce transmission and bandwidth requirements. This requires that edge infrastructure be designed for resiliency and availability as a failure at the edge could limit access to the core.
As to how close Internet switching centres will ultimately move to users, one in five data centre expertsfrom the telecommunications industry (21 percent) see block-level switching in 2025 while 31 percent envision things to be a little farther away with neighbourhood-level switching . Forty-eight percent, on the other hand, expect the current paradigm of city-level switching centres to persist in 2025. Compared to other regions, Asia Pacific has the highest percentage of contributors who anticipate block-level switching (28 percent), perhaps due to the relatively dense nature of the cities.
Data centres are likely to exist in even more shapes and forms in 2025 than they do today. What really matters is that telcos adopt the innovations that will transform their businesses into powerhouses for communications and connectivity. The Data Centre 2025 is a starting point for a conversation about technologies that can enhance data centreefficiency, performance and availability. It will be an exciting journey to 2025.
Note to Editor: As part of Data Centre 2025, Emerson has conducted interviews with key industry influencers, solicited feedback from the industry at the Data Centre 2025 online portal, and conducted an online survey that generated more than 800 responses.
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