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TOP Data Center

Trends 2017



These trends provide a in depth analysis of issues and

concerns faced by modern enterprise and service provider
regarding datacenter investments.
Growth in organizations supporting Mobility, Cloud
Computing, business integrated analytics, and IoT services
has shifted enterprise focus towards service provider
As emerging technologies pushing the limits of density and
power requirements. Data center facilities are undergoing
tremendous change.
Wearable technology, big data and other such trends have changed the outlook of
organizations towards data centers. Companies have started migrating towards leased
co-location facilities and public cloud data centers.

Trend 1: Higher Power Density


By 2020, U.S. data centers will require six times the

electricity of New York City.

Running modern power density technologies on older

models of data center requires significant capital


Lower-density data centers requires additional IT cabinets

and associated infrastructure etc. This added cost is due
to the inability of lower-density data centers to provide
enough power on a per-cabinet basis to make total use of
every cabinets vertical rack space.
Low-density data centers cabinets are built to handle only 4 to 5kW of critical power. In
this era, the latest converged infrastructure, even one IT device can consume this much
High-density data center, require only half space as compared with its predecessors. With
latest technology and power density upgrades, fewer cabinets will be require to support
same number of equipment's. It improve efficiencies and power usage effectiveness
(PUE), significantly lowering capital and operational costs.

Trend 2: Security


Multi-tenant & hosted data center facilities is needs

greater security. As physical and network infrastructure
is shared across multiple tenants can put data at risk.
Data centers physical securityis also critical.
Authorized personnel and vendors are often the source
of security breaches just think of the recent breaches
atTargetandAshley Madison.

Many colocation data centers are beefing up theirphysical, building infrastructure

and logical security. For example, they are adding more cameras and physical
security checkpoints.

Moving to a colocation data center with strong physical security not only prevents
unauthorized access but also keeps your data in compliance with your industrys

Trend 3: Compliance

Out of 10,000 data centers in USA, only 44 have a Tier III

construction facility certification and only 4 are Tier IV

Always check for compliance needs and security risks while

choosing a colocation provider.

For 24/7 working customers, it has become mandatory for

data centers to have Uptime Institute certification.


Trend 4: Flexibility

In todays rapidly evolving IT environment, its impossible to

know the future needs of an enterprise. An organization wont
say no to new opportunity because existing technology cant
support new demand.


Therefore, its vital toselect a colocation provider who can

evolve with you without requiring you to make significant
changes to your contract, IT environment, data center space,
and building systems.
Look for a provider who offers you flexibility, so you can easily
Do check if the facility is designed for a higher-density environment or if they need to
make special accommodations to support a high-density equipment load.

Trend 5: Data Center Infrastructure Management

(DCIM) Systems

DCIM system offers dashboards for in-depth understanding

of data center environment for better optimization.
Emerson Network Power andPokemon studyfound that
DCIM implemented data centers experience 2.5 times
lesser downtime than industry average.
IT resources are managed according to how much power a
cabinet uses in addition to the overall cost of IT equipment.
If Total IT spend should is higher than competitors,
enterprise is at a competitive disadvantage.

DCIM is the "stethoscope" for measuring efficiency and is critical to optimizing data
centers performance.

DCIM allows you to be proactive in managing space and power.

An in-depth view of your IT environment can also help plan for future growth.

Trend 6: Standardization


Project-by-project approach is being replaced by

standardized IT service catalogues by organizations.
Standardization allows you to take a new approach when
managing your IT infrastructure: the hybrid data center
Hybrid data center runs IT services both on premises and
in the cloud. This provide the speed needed to standardize
your IT services, for quicker and low cost delivery.

Developing a highly sophisticated, mature hybrid data center model that can
support or drive business transformation. Based on business goals, hybrid data
center will need to change and be adaptable.

Standardizing IT services also makes it possible to standardize supporting


Trends 7: The IT and Facilities Divide


In many enterprises, the IT and facilities teams work

separately with little communication between them, leading
to conflicts between the IT organization, the chief information
officer (CIO) and the facilities vice president or director about
who owns the data center. It also causes conflicts about who
controls an IT project and who has the budget for it.

Thegap between IT and facilitiescan result in slowed service deployment,

unscheduled downtime, increased expenses, inefficient equipment, lower
productivity and lost revenue.

Trends 8: Connectivity


In todays 24/7 business world, the ability to transmit at

lightning-fast speeds is critical. Customers expect ondemand access to servicesand dont want to wait for pages
to load or apps to function.


As more workloads goes onto data centers, need to get

additional services from providers without huge costs or
time delays arises.

North American businesses lose $26.5 billion each year

due to IT downtime and data recovery

When choosing a provider, make sure they can align with your data center and
connectivity requirements.

Trends 9: Availability


An outage can impact millions of users and cost millions of

dollars, even a short period of downtime can make
Utilization rates can never be sacrificed foravailability. To
meet customer demands and without putting availability
at risk, at times servers have to be deployed quickly.
Enterprises are opting for operational resiliency modelto
maximize their performance and gain24/7 availability.

Operational resiliency requires IT leaders to work with other executives to implement a

company-wide strategy. It considers both IT processes and business processes to help the
entire company become more resilient.

Trends 10: Data Center Strategy



Todays IT environments contain a mix of legacy, private cloud

and public cloud infrastructures.
Adata center strategythat accounts for all of these
infrastructures will offer you the greatest predictability.
However, running systems both inside and outside of your
enterprise makes your IT more complex.
Thenew data center strategy requires an integrated approach along with alignment
between your business and IT teams. When you align your goals, you can migrate to a
hybrid data center that drives value for the business. You can also improve your
agility, security and IT performance.