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Tech trends set to shape the future of data centres

17 June, 2015

future of data centresMany companies spend a lot of time focusing on the last big project or spending the majority of their efforts trying to keep the power on. With this in mind it is important to pay attention to new trends and patterns that have the potential to shake the foundations of a company, improve efficiency or offer a more resourceful way of operating.

Disaggregated systems

With these systems users can swap components in and out as needed, according to workload and necessity. Such a system has a set of interconnects which allows processors to be targeted, meaning components and capabilities can be relied on and swapped out as needed.

Rather than upgrading an entire server, disaggregated system users can update individual components such as memory, power supplies or I/O’s. 

There are a variety of large web companies such as Facebook following this trend, buying more of their components from smaller companies in China or Taiwan rather than US based technology retailers. This allows such organisations to be flexible with resources and focus on networking and storage infrastructure according to demand.

However, though these systems are good for large scale web environments, they are not ready for use in a general purpose environment due to the lack of original design manufacturers.

Bimodal IT

Bimodal IT goes against the primary objectives that IT was designed to serve – to protect business. If applications go down then the business loses money. So to limit this, processes and controls are put in place to ensure safer operations.

This new trend allows applications to be developed and then fixed as and when needed – giving a faster output time.

The development of Bimodal IT (a term which came out of the DevsOps world) means that there are now two ‘modes’. Mode one is the old way of IT that focuses on reliability, change and control management. Mode two is the complete opposite and focuses solely on agility.  

Proactive infrastructures

There have been analytics within the IT industry for some time with many companies using Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) to manage energy and its consumption. Vendors have also tied in asset management and tools to manage workflow to gain a better vision of data surrounding these issues.

This is not only helpful at managing workloads; it also allows a new level of diagnostics that identifies not only why something happened, but also what will happen next.

Scarcity of IT skills

IT has become so complex over the last few years that it is now difficult to recruit people who already understand everything.

While there are many smart individuals with certain expertise, it can be hard to get these to think outside the box and develop due to incentivised professionalism - many wish to stay in jobs for a long period of time rather than moving around, sharing their skills.

This will affect data centres in the long term when problems occur. When a system experiences issues there is no clear answer as to why this is happening and businesses with data centres will struggle to recruit people in the know.

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