The Future of the Data Center
Now that it’s the holiday season, many people are wondering about the future of the data center in 2017 and beyond.
Most would agree that data centers, which are both costly and complex, are long overdue for a major overhaul. However, it is still uncertain how data centers should be updated. Another uncertainty is that any decisions made next year in terms of data infrastructure will have major consequences for the environment of next-generation data. In fact, the next-generation data environment is currently transforming because new service-based workflows are replacing traditional operating models.
Avinash Lakshman, who is the creator of the Apache Cassandra platform and the CEO of Hedvig, believes that executives should upgrade their data centers based on five major elements. For example, Lakshman notes that multi-cloud architectures are becoming more common and normal. This means that the local data center will eventually lose its role as the main repository for applications and data. It is expected that in-memory computing and other technologies will streamline infrastructure. Functions like content delivery are expected to convert to self-service in terms of operation. Machine learning and automation is expected to be seen at a higher level.
It is also likely that recent political events will influence strategies when it comes to the data center. Patrick Donovan, Steven Carlini, and Victor Avelar from Schneider Electric noted that the Brexit vote has triggered uncertainty when it comes to data protection and locality rules. This uncertainty may influence the function and design of facilities in Great Britain, which is one of the largest data center markets in Europe.
Undoubtedly, the recent transition to cloud-based environments will have a major influence on the future of the data center, according to R. “Ray” Wang, a tech analyst. By 2020, cloud will have 67 percent of the total data workload. Today, cloud only has about 6 percent of the total data workload. This transition to cloud will boost the demand for chip level security, hyper-scale infrastructure, open software-defined architectures, and DCIM stacks.
If experts have predicted these trends accurately, the enterprise data center may become optional rather than necessary in just a few years. It is possible that the largest data centers will be the size of a refrigerator or smaller.