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The key trends influencing data centres in 2016

John Schmidt, Data Centre Solutions Lead, CommScope | Jan. 21, 2016
John Schmidt of CommScope talks about the key trends influencing data centres this year.

To give you an example, look at how social networks launched in the early 2000's. One factor that limited growth during the first few years was the need to increase the number of servers available. Today, a new social network can have instant access to nearly unlimited compute resources on every continent with the use of cloud services. This provides instant scalability, especially for start-ups and tech companies. So naturally, small and medium-sized businesses are going that way.

One aspect playing into the growth of computing power into the edge of the network is modular data centre. We are seeing a trend in hyperscale and service providers deploying modular at the base of cell sites to bring compute as close to the consumer point of use as possible. They are deploying an appropriately sized data centre at a geographically correlative location that cuts down latency.

How DCIM and ITSM Play in the Mix
As you build out these data centres, it becomes a game of how efficient you can make these facilities. You can't afford to have an inefficient data centre. You need to know exactly where everything is, how it is being used and powered. Any form of inefficiency in the data centre can be costly and data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) will be paramount in helping keep these data centres running smoothly.

The Hype around Hyperscale
The scale of demand stemming from the number of consumers doing online shopping caused several high profile outages. These events will drive organizations to move some of their operations to the cloud in hyperscale data centres. This will give them the ability to flex into a cloud capability when their network becomes stressed. Some phenomenon happening within the hyperscale arena include:

1.      The streaming, uninterruptable, low latency services of music, video, and information is spurring the growth of hyperscale. Users want steaming information without delay.

2.      More people are moving their compute services to the edge of the network. Data can exist in multiple places to provide static information without latency.

This past year was the year when we heard the trumpeting of wearable technology as we watched a few major technology companies take great strides toward moving away from managing their own data centres and completely into the cloud. It's exciting to see how the data centre will grow and change over the next few years, starting in 2016. I foresee more businesses expanding via cloud and co-location, while a simultaneous expansion of computing power expands throughout the network and around the world.


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