Four Data Center Trends to Look out for in 2017
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.
The adoption of open philosophies
An open development is defined as the breakdown of the data center to low-level parts that can be put together through open standards. However, adopting an open philosophy doesn’t mean you will lift legacy apps onto an open infrastructure; indeed, only a small percentage of applications are designed for this kind of scaling. Instead, your goal should be to put workloads onto building block infrastructure and look for opportunities to adopt open-standard hardware and software.
The movement away from hyperconvergence
Hyperconverged systems may not be the way of the future. While they offer benefits in terms of purchasing and consumption, hyperconverged systems do not offer companies much in the way of individualization. Companies may turn away from hyperconverged systems in 2017, as a better option may be commodity hardware, which allows for more repurposing as workloads change.
Increased use of DCIM for benchmarking performance
With more of a commitment to DCIM, your data center can have anywhere between two to three times less lag time than the alternative. At the same time, your data center can improve its up time with increased resiliency and high availability. Additionally, you should see an increased convergence of physical and logical layers through SDCC.
An increased commitment to sustainable energy creation
Old methods for cooling have already been replaced by new ways of efficiently removing heat. Now, water consumption and refrigeration are the next concerns for creating a more energy-efficient data center. Thermal management techniques, like evaporative and adiabatic cooling that use water to cool the air, are being adopted the world over. Waterless systems, too, are becoming more widespread. Pumped refrigerant economizers don’t use water or outside air — and in North America, saved data center somewhere around a billion gallons of water in 2016.
Keeping up with the newest ideas in data centers can be overwhelming. But having Silverback Data Center Solutions on your team can help. We offer Managed Services — including hardware upgrades and structured cabling — as well as Hosted DCIM packages that fit your needs and keep your data center up-to-date.
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