Everything around us is in a state of flux, transformation, and colocation experts believe that this change will carry over to data centers as they transform over the next decade and begin sporting a new look. A report from Emerson Network Power (News - Alert) predicts that the convergence of data centers and telecom industries in the next decade will bring real-time data closer to consumers.
More than 30 percent of survey respondents indicated that small data centers will become the norm by 2025 and a large majority of telecom companies will begin to rely on colocation facilities. Industry experts opine that data center computing will shift to the cloud.
Today demand for data centers is triggered by the need for storage and access. As technology evolves and storage ideals shift, mid-size data centers will become smaller and more efficient.
“Shifting storage and compute requirements will lead the industry to adopt a more flexible data center ecosystem and simplify the way we access business data while on the go,” said Scott Barbour, business leader of Emerson Network Power.
The report also suggests the data center of the future will rely on alternative fuels, and most, will own their power generation capacity. Solar powered data centers will take center stage with nuclear, wind and gas being the other alternatives used.
About 43 percent of survey respondents believe that data centers will have self-healing and predictive maintenance capabilities by 2025, enabling conflict resolution via remote management. With the data center ecosystem becoming more flexible, accessing business data on the go will be simplified.
Thus the report clearly demonstrates that a new class of data center is poised to emerge—one that will be totally different from what we are used to.
Edited by Maurice Nagle