Data centers continue to evolve as the demand for digital infrastructure that can store and process data continues to grow. Organizations are generating more data than ever, faster than ever, and it is clear that this trend will only continue to gain traction—especially due to the pandemic’s exacerbation of online traffic.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the newest developments in the data center revolution and their larger implications on the business space. 

Sustainability

A market analysis conducted in 2020 expects that approximately 90% of industrial enterprises will use cloud computing by 2022. However, this leaves an important question—how will we remain sustainable? How do we process ever-increasing amounts of data while using fewer natural resources?

It’s clear that companies need to focus on a few key points to reduce their environmental impact. Increasing efficiency by minimizing the power needed to run a data center would be a great way to cut carbon use and reduce running costs.

Switching to renewable energy like wind and solar is also crucial, and tidal power is actually emerging as a more reliable alternative. Speaking of water, data-center designers are finding innovative ways to preserve water and reuse wastewater for useful secondary purposes.

Finally, companies are getting creative with their site choices so that their precious resources will be more resilient to extreme weather events. With all this in mind, there’s still another alternative. Edge computing could very well be the answer many gravitate towards.

Edge Computing

It’s no secret that edge computing is becoming more advanced and it’s not hard to see why. Because this method allows data processing to happen closer to the source, reducing the distance information has to travel, it certainly has many pros over the use of traditional data centers.

As edge computing becomes more closely integrated, analysts predict it will forge connections with the 5G network. 5G has the capability to take edge computing’s applications to the next level—such as its ability to support data-heavy programs associated with artificial intelligence.

Engineers are currently working towards integrating telecommunications capabilities into edge data centers as well, which could allow enterprises to provide company-specific 5G access to employees and guests.

Edge computing has great potential to achieve more “cloud offload” by reducing network traffic going to and from the cloud.

Perhaps the most exciting prediction concerning the future of edge computing involves the very real possibility of robot security guards. Because human staffing inside data centers has been reduced, machines with bullet-resistant exteriors and night-vision could very well step in as perimeter security.

Automation

Robotics and automation are expected to play a large role in facility management going forward.

This is even more true due to the manner in which the pandemic increased the need for systems that aren’t entirely reliant on humans. Automation would allow more contactless maintenance.

So What?  

Data Centers are evolving, that much is clear. But the push seems to be toward improving their use so that they can be depended on more heavily. Only time will tell where the future of colocated data centers will go from here. 

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