The foundation of the modern global economy is not industrial sites, nor marketing or even money, but… data centers. It is inside them all trade and financial transfers take place, as well as information exchange. It became especially noticeable during COVID-19 pandemic and when all spheres of life became online… As a result, the data center industry grows all over the world and its development trends influence every business. That's why everyone should take a closer look at the top 5 key trends in the data center industry which might be relevant in 2022 as well!
At the beginning we should make a disclaimer: the places in our ranking are not places of importance. The order of trends in the list is not determined by their importance, but rather by the logic of the natural transition from one trend to another, by their interconnection.
In the web hosting professional community, the expression: not data centers but centers of data is often used recently. This vividly characterizes the shift of emphasis, where data centers become full-fledged data centers with machine learning and AI, artificial intelligence. There are a number of reasons for this transformation:
Changes in the principles of work with data centers and their transformation adjust the structure of demand for their services. Here we need to highlight two basic needs, without which everything else simply does not make sense:
Data centers in their usual format with traditional ways of forming pricing plans are gradually becoming a thing of the past. Yes, they can be convenient for many customers, but all the changes described above also mean the emergence of data center offerings as a service (DCaaS). In this case, the customer does not buy fixed capacities and volumes, but pays strictly for what is consumed in a given period. With dramatic adjustments in demand and scalability in business, this principle looks more justifiable and correct for many in the calculations stage already. It is important to emphasize that many cloud services already operate under such rules, which only emphasizes their prospects for traditional data centers as well.
Of course, data centers themselves are not giving up on server racks - it is only about the consumers of such a service. This trend is fully in line with the vector of greater flexibility of the industry in literally everything and is expressed in two factors:
Powerful, technically advanced data centers with high-speed over-the-air connectivity are important, but in many cases even they cannot meet the challenges of the user. That's why Edge Data Center has emerged as a counterbalance. It is a relatively small data center located locally, connected to a larger one, but on a remote basis. To a certain extent, it can be compared to servers standing directly on the territory of the DC, but the Edge technology capabilities are still noticeably wider. For example, they better meet the new challenges - in the form of the same IoT, gadgets with a bunch of sensors, streaming and autonomous transport. The essence of the solution is not to send arrays of data to a single data center, but to perform primary processing directly on site, obtain results in real time - and transfer only the results to the center to systematize and analyze them. Edge computing offers a number of advantages:
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