Year after year the technology industry has introduced progressively disruptive technologies. Rapidly increased computing capabilities, greater scalability potential, and hybrid data center offerings, among other things, greatly influence the direction of the modern data center. As organizations become more software driven and look for additional ways to be energy and cost efficient, manufacturers have developed the answers to these business requirements and the data center trends of 2016 are reflecting just that.
Incorporating networking, storage and compute into one box which is managed through single-pain management software is quickly becoming the standard in data centers across the globe. Simplifying how we manage our data centers and increasing time to value within our establishments has been showing up on the radar of the business more often and has influenced purchasing behaviors of the IT organization.
Software Defined Infrastructure
With the advent of software that takes the place of bare metal in the data center, more and more operations will become automated making it possible to roll out configurations without having to put your hands on anything. Eliminating one more touch point for us humans means fewer errors and lower operational costs.
IoT – Internet of Things
Nearly every employee these days is walking around with a connection to the network in their pocket. Integrating these devices into the data center processes seems like the logical next step. Connecting these technologies to the data center could provide multiple data points including functionality, status, location, etc. which will help to further optimize the data center.
Companies will start to look at being their own broker of services within their organizations. The ability to scale will go beyond the acquisition of third party services such as Amazon's AWS because components being offered for the in-house data center will provide equivalent capabilities in order to provision, create redundancy, and create resiliency from a private location.
Moving Compute to the Edge
Reducing latency has become a top priority. As our expectations of technology performance become steeper, IT is challenged to create the same type of user experience for our internal customers as their personal tech providers. Having access multiple times a day in an instant has set user's expectations high and they expect the same type of availability they receive from their smartphones in the office as well. Pushing computing resources to the edge of the network reduces latency, bypassing unnecessary "hops" your data is taking to reach the end user, improving the overall speed in which they receive the information they're looking for.
Cloud and Colocation
Even though there's an upswing in the trend to be entirely self-sufficient to maintain control of your data, for many small businesses, relying on the help of others is an exciting prospect. Removing the responsibility of managing the data center is especially appealing for those without the staffing resources or funds to run it. Utilizing services such as a hosted cloud service or a colocation facility not only elevates the need to higher specialized technical staff, but many of these offerings come with managed services.
The future of the data center is exciting and full of possibilities. As manufacturers continue to expand the breadth of their offerings and engineers develop new technologies the options available can only keep getting better.