Data Center moves are very interesting projects that often feel like they are coming alive. Silverback Data Center Solutions is uniquely positioned to see all sorts of interesting things. Check out this infographic to see some of the unexpected project anomalies we have encountered.
The Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC): Virtualization in the Data Center
One of the biggest trends in the data center in 2017 is set to be software-defined computing, storage, and networking. In other words, the virtualization of everything. These software-defined functions are becoming so common because of their benefits: they allow organizations to have flexibility and speed, and, at the same time, lower their costs. It’s not difficult to see why businesses have adopted virtualization on such a wide scale. But what does this increasing virtualization have to do with the data center? Read More
There’s no doubt about it: the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing. By 2020, specialists predict there will be 25 billion devices connected to the Internet. Further, in 2017, the technology and services revenue from the IoT is expected to grow to $7.3 trillion, up from $4.8 trillion in 2012.
This hyper-connectedness, means, of course, that there will be a greater need for data center storage, communication, and asset management. So, what does this mean for your data center exactly? Here, we’ll talk about three ways the increasing reliance on the IoT will affect your data center. Read More
In data center management, it’s always a good idea to keep your eyes open to new, promising, and efficient industry trends. In 2016, data centers started adopting trends like scalability and automation in large numbers. 2017 will also bring its own new trends. Here, we’ll talk about four trends that we think will become commonplace in the data center in 2017 and beyond. Read More
With upwards of 80 percent of enterprises and 63 percent of small and medium sized businesses investing in big data projects over recent years, and budgets of $1.6 million to $7.4 million, the question of data storage is at the forefront of many companies’ minds. One decision facing such companies as they look to store data is the choice between internal server rooms or external data centers. Here are some key components to consider as you make the data storage decision.
Data Centers and Alternative Energy Sources
Data centers in the United States consumed 70 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2014 — an estimated 2 percent of the country’s total energy consumption. While the energy consumption growth of data centers has slowed in recent years thanks to efficiency improvements — 4 percent since 2010 compared to 90 percent between 2000 and 2005 — the industry is still a major energy consumer. To combat these high levels of energy use, companies such as Google and Microsoft are making the jump to transfer their operations to run with more renewable energy.
Here are three innovative types of renewable energy sources to consider for your data center — and even if they’re out of reach for now, hopefully they can provide some inspiration for the future.
Innovative thinkers are constantly thinking of creative ways to save space and money by relocating their data centers – some that you certainly would not expect. One of the biggest reasons to choose an unconventional center is because of their environmentally friendly methods for cooling or redistributing server heat.
Here, we’ll talk about five of the most clever places where data centers have been built or are in the midst of being constructed. Read More
With environmental concerns on the rise, it’s more important than ever for data centers to run efficiently. From smart watches to smart cars, data centers are at the forefront of technology, and our dependence on them is only expected to grow. In the U.S. alone, industry experts predict the data center construction market will grow at a CAGR of 4.38% between 2016 and 2020. As we face more and more pressure to keep operations green, it’s critical that data centers keep their carbon footprint to a minimum. Here are some things to consider as you create a more efficient data center. Read More
Traditionally, when thinking of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, we envision computers and data centers networked via the Internet. However, in recent years there has been the development of a whole new class of connected devices—smart watches, smart cars, and even smart buildings—replete with their own software, actuators, and sensors. Given all these new points of networked connection, our “old” Internet has transformed into the Internet of things (IoT) with the net result being data centers will have both an increased workload and new security concerns. Read More