How datacenter of tomorrow will look like

Posted on December 7, 2014 09:45 am

In the data-driven nature of the business, having the right infrastructure in place to cope with the overwhelming amount of data is critical. Datacenters have long played an integral role in the data management practices of companies of all sizes, ensuring the mass reams of information required to run a successful enterprise are efficiently processed and stored. As the big data trend continues to make a push, datacenters will likely grow even more significant. However, given that data sets continue to grow at an exponential rate, your blogger has been imagining how the futuristic datacenters will look like.Organizational concerns that include but not limited to physical space and the need to cut costs, will all play a part in determining how the datacenters of tomorrow will look and industry analysts have already started to weigh in with their insight on the likely directions .It’s a growing dilemma among businesses, the computing power is quite remarkable, but for most organizations, harnessing this power and replicating it onsite is simply outside the realms of possibility. So what can be done to take advantage of the data processing levels available today, with limited resources? One data expert I spoke to few weeks back informed me that the solution could be in datacenters that are driven by software applications.

An image for one of the datacenter I visited three months back
An image for one of the datacenter I visited three months back

In one way or the other, experts have predicted that businesses will be operating with a software-defined datacenter in the future. And the software-driven centers will feature unprecedented levels of flexibility, security and scalability, boosting data processing performance for enterprises and ensuring their datacenters can grow with the organization.Interestingly, a recent publication by an American University indicated that cloud computing is making its presence felt in just about any facet of business IT and Software-as-a-Service is now in use in nearly 65% of organizations. Doubtless, the cloud will be an integral feature of the datacenters. In light of the growing importance of software and cloud computing to datacenters, researchers predicts that the physical location of datacenters will become increasingly irrelevant and there will be numerous types of data location to be considered in the future.Organizations will be using multiple locations with multiple service delivery models. With that in mind, it will be ever more important moving forward to consider physical, legal and logical datacenter locations together instead of in isolation. The rise of cloud- and software-driven datacenters, aided by the open source movement, will likely assist with this.

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