Four Words Defining the Data Center Future

Data Center Maintenance

Paul Mercina May 26, 2020

Advanced monitoring systems are reducing field technician check-ins and automating root cause analysis.

Global data volumes are exploding, and IT professionals are preparing for the 175 zettabyte global datasphere of 2025. As data lakes flow into enterprise data oceans, how will data centers manage the new demands on infrastructure? Four watchwords are helping to redefine the data center of the future.

#1 Reliable

The foundation for any data center is reliability. Today’s customers have little patience for outages, making five-nines and better uptime a prerequisite for marketplace competitiveness.

The sphere of maintenance activity is expanding, however, as enterprises  combine SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS solutions with public AI services, cloud-based elasticity, and private clouds hosted on-premises and in colocation facilities. Enterprises have turned to customized hybrid infrastructure tailored to specific needs and workloads, so true reliability will depend not only on quality support, but also performance optimization up and down the IT stack.

#2 Decentralized

Existing and next generation networks cannot transmit 175 zettabytes around the world, from nodes to centralized data facilities, from cloud storage to on-site analytics systems, and so on. Edge computing solutions are promising to ease network burdens by moving compute and storage toward the point of data creation.

In response, we can expect data center corridors to develop to provide upgraded connectivity and drive  business performance improvements.  The data center components will range from micro-facilities at the edge, to local and regional data centers in second- and third-tier population centers, to the more familiar data centers sited alongside corporate headquarters and massive, centralized processing facilities.

#3 Powerful

Rapid advancement in big data analytics, complex modeling, and artificial intelligence are driving a massive rise in high-density computing, itself a data center planning and retrofitting problem. Data center providers and enterprises are working to meet the energy, networking, and heat dispersal requirements of  increasingly powerful supercomputing.

#4 Automated

Humans and machines have different needs, and the IT industry is coming to a parting of the ways. Data center designers want to turn these facilities over to the computers. The challenges of maintaining IT infrastructure during a global pandemic will only increase the urgency behind the self-healing data center movement.

Fortunately, the building blocks are coming together. Advanced monitoring systems are reducing field technician check-ins and automating root cause analysis. Remote diagnostics and repair capabilities are on the rise. And early-stage robotics solutions are promising to take on physical data center changes, such as server swaps, once reserved for human hands.

For organizations undergoing digital transformation, new partnerships will be required. Park Place Technologies has a suite of solutions to monitor, support, and optimize complex infrastructure. We’d be happy to walk you through the options. Just contact us today.

About the Author

Paul Mercina, Director, Product Management Marketing
Paul Mercina brings over 20 years of experience in IT center project management to Park Place Technologies, where he oversees the product roadmap, growing the services portfolio, end-to-end development and release of new services to the market. His work is informed by 10+ years at Diebold Nixdorf, where he worked closely with software development teams to introduce new service design, supporting implementation of direct operations in a number of countries across the Americas, Asia and Europe.