The data centre industry is constantly adapting, evolving and planning for a future of increased demand. Data centres today have already come a long way from the clunky servers and slow speeds of the first data storage facilities, thanks to constant innovation. But what exactly does the future hold? With a need to reduce its carbon footprint, will the industry look at renewable sources of energy to power data centres, and what other trends can we expect to see in the next decade?
Read on for ITE Projects’ round-up of future predictions in the world of data.
Renewable Energy Sources
Digital leaders such as Google are already setting an example to follow in the renewable energy department, committing to green data centres. The UK power grid is struggling to cope with data centre demand, and has actually been blamed for companies relocating to countries with more reliable power grids. With this in mind, and the added pressure of meeting global climate change targets, the industry is literally being forced into the renewable energy market.
This is good news for the planet, of course, and could give data facilities more longevity. After all, the global demand for data centres is increasing while fossil fuel access is decreasing. Many data centres are already planning to incorporate renewables into their power plan, such as solar, wind, water and geo-thermal.
SSD and Cloud Storage
By 2020, it is expected that hard drive storage will be obsolete. SSD storage, which has a myriad of advantages, will replace these and there is also a growing trend to keep back-up storage on the cloud. Cloud computing is now mainstream and raises further questions about how much data centre space we need now that data can be stored in the cloud.
AI is gently making its way into the mainstream, and it certainly has a place in the data centre of the future. Google has already used this type of machine learning to optimise its data centres and make them more efficient. Artificial Intelligence can help data centres manage temperature control, the IT load and other critical areas which can increase efficiency. It also poses the question – will robots be replacing humans in the data centre? We’ll have to wait and see.
Whatever the future has instore for data centres, we’ll be right there following industry trends and working with businesses to build prime data facilities.