The Decline in the Number of Data Centers: What Does it Mean for Your Data Center Management?
2017 is the year when the International Data Corporation (IDC) suggests that the number of data centers will peak at 8.6 million. Every year after, the IDC suggests that the number of data centers will decline. What gives? Do these declining figures mean that data centers are no longer necessary? Here, we’ll answer four of the most common questions about IDC’s surprising data center prediction.
Does IDC’s prediction mean that data centers are becoming less essential?
No. IDC’s prediction only indicates that fewer and fewer companies will be managing their own on-site data centers. Instead, many will start moving to what are called “mega data centers,” or huge data centers run by service providers that store many companies’ data. The move to the mega data center certainly signals a change in operations.
Before, most companies had small facilities run by in-house IT teams, but now, more and more companies will have their data center operations managed by outside firms. The shift also doesn’t mean that companies no longer have control over their data management. Instead, mega data centers have new models, software, and procedures that still give companies the ability to individualize their operations.
Why will the number of data centers peak in 2017?
A big reason why the number of data centers is set to peak in 2017 is because the majority of data center operations – 75 percent by 2018 – will be run on the cloud. This change in operations, then, means that fewer physical data centers are necessary to complete the same data center management.
What will take the place of data centers?
Data centers themselves aren’t going away; in fact, the overall square footage of data centers is set to increase in 2018. In 2013, the IDC estimated that data centers covered 1.58 billion square feet, while by 2018, the organization predicts that data centers will occupy 1.94 billion square feet. Instead of signaling the demise of the data center, these mega data centers will instead grow to increased capacities.
How can I use a managed data center solution?
In today’s move to managed data center services, there’s no real reason to keep all your data center management operations in-house. Instead, Silverback’s Managed Data Center Solutions takes over your daily data center operations, leaving your IT team to complete other projects. We provide structured cabling, RMA processing, and third-party vendor escorting services, but with us, you’ll never feel just like another customer. Instead, we personalize all our services to meet your needs.