Most IT professionals, CIOs and business leaders would agree that the year 2018 had a year of extraordinary changes and transformation. The innovation in the field of data center project management and architecture has made IT leaders function differently. No doubt it has helped businesses run their data center more efficiently and gain a competitive edge.
Having said so, let’s delve deep into the innovation in the data center management that created a rage this year.
The advent of Edge Data Center:
As many doubt the arrival of edge data center to be the end of cloud computing. The edge computing is in no ways going to replace the cloud any time soon. Instead, many IT service companies are in favor of integrating the edge solution with cloud and data center. Unlike cloud computing, edge computing works as a decentralized expansion of the onsite network, cloud or data center system. As more and more businesses are going digital, they have realized that there is a need for decentralized storage serve also.
The increase in the number of businesses using edge computing across the industries has given rise to micro-data centers and smaller data processing units. Though they are small in size, they have a significantly big role to play in a business’s success. Though, currently only around 10% of a business’s data is created and processed outside a centralized data center, this figure will reach up to 50% by the year 2022.
All-flash will make designing more simple.
There has been an increase in the usage of the more efficient all-flash solution. As per a report by Gartner, over 50% data centers would be using SSAs to overcome high-performance challenges.
Many IT professionals are already vouching on the positive impact all-flash drive will have over data center architecture. It is helping businesses build design solution that can support the evolving data storage needs of the companies. Using all-flash solutions over spinning disks also has an economic implication. Many users of all-flash solutions have reported cooling and power savings and favor it over the traditional storage disk.
Data centers have gone hybrid:
Similar to decentralization of data storage through edge storage solution, many businesses are adopting hybrid cloud services. This trend of Hybrid data storage solution is going to stay dominant in the years to come. Most companies if not all have already built a robust hybrid cloud system and have deployed integrated data center solutions. These businesses are not looking forward to going entirely on the cloud or have an onside storage unit. The most significant advantage that a hybrid solution provides is it can be adopted by business across industries and sectors. Owing to the popularity of hybrid more and more companies are planning to switch over to hybrid. Its impact can be estimated from a report by Gartner that states that the shift from cloud to a hybrid will cost IT over one trillion dollars in the coming five years. The same agency reports that over 90 percent of companies will move over to the hybrid technology.