The COVID-19 pandemic affected everyone, and many businesses were hit hard. It looks like data centers actually proved their worth during the Lockdown. With more and more people staying in and working from home, data center services are in much higher demand. What is the relevance of data centers in the world of cloud computing? Let’s find out.

Sustainability

Sustainability and energy efficiency are a big concern for anyone, particularly in the technology industry. Cloud computing requires large amounts of energy and can result in a high carbon footprint. Data centers have seen this trend, and managers seek to provide sustainable power. By working with regional and local power providers who invest in renewable energy, data centers can offer sustainable power sourcing and reduce their carbon footprint.

Digitalization

As time goes on, the world will inevitably become more digitized. The pandemic has taught us how fast things can change and how useful digital tools can be. Data centers and the services they provide can be a huge benefit for companies looking to increase their digital prowess.

Advanced Networks

Automation, robotics, virtual and neural networks are all growing steadily. Companies developing this technology need to store and share a massive amount of data. A growing number of them are outsourcing it to colocation providers to stay on top of remote environments and always-connected customer demands.

Capacity 

More people are turning to the digital world for day-to-day living and working, and they need secure, reliable “environments” for their data and IT infrastructure. Data centers are already increasing production to get ahead of the demand.

A Hybrid Approach

Hybrid cloud-data center approaches are becoming increasingly popular. These solutions offer a tailored approach that businesses can control as a mixture of on-premise, colocation, and public cloud provisions.   

Data Center & Cloud Balance

With all of this in mind, it’s likely best to always consider that hybrid model. Cloud computing isn’t going anywhere. When you’re thinking about what needs to be deployed to which environment, it’s important to remember cloud workloads, where certain resources should live, and future needs. This will allow people to find a balance between the two.

Smaller data centers are going away. That infrastructure, which was often inefficient, is being upgraded to highly-resilient hyper-scale and colocation solutions.

This is where cloud leaders can make an impact as they launch new cloud solutions that work together with edge data centers, modular solutions, quicker deployments, and intelligent infrastructure.

For example, real-time data exchange between the company, cloud ecosystems, and IT is crucial. Integrated solutions with central control can increase productivity across several environments. Data center and cloud designers can incorporate intelligent control and telecommunications rooms into network architectures.

Revolutionizing edge, cloud, and data center solutions means bridging corporate IT, cloud, and industrial networks. A Micro Data Center approach can offer a scalable infrastructure that brings in network convergence with the enterprise and support network servers, UPS, switches, firewalls/DMZ, and backup systems.

If you’re a cloud provider, you can impact regional locations, support edge, and latency-reduction operations with this approach. Network designers and system integrators can impart flexibility to their designs, reduce the cost of ownership, and cut down on the time it takes to get to market.

The Future of Data Centers

Zoom’s daily active users increased to 200 million in March 2020, and that need isn’t going anywhere. As the pandemic increased network and data usage workloads, it required more bandwidth. That led to an increased demand for digital infrastructure.

With new developments toward an improved digital economy, data continues to acquire distribution points, and the data center infrastructure will be necessary. The needs of today’s digitally-dependent companies and consumers are constantly evolving and growing. We have seen incredible growth due to the pandemic in the past few years.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere either. 2022 will likely be no different. It will be fascinating to see which trends continue to grow and which phase out. We can be certain the demand for digital data and storage will continue as well. Whoever holds the key to its future will be those who can do it efficiently, for a lower cost, and for the long term.