The Dynamic Data Center: Today’s Growing Demands

Annie Paquette
February 14, 2019

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In our last blog, we addressed the role of PUE and its relationship to flexible, sustainable data centers.  If you missed it, you can follow this link here to get caught up on the series.  Today, we are going to turn our attention to some of the new challenges facing data center operators, specifically around the seemingly continuous propagation of technology and data.

While Moore’s Law and consolidation efforts have worked to ‘densify’ the data center, new applications and edge computing are working to offset the trend.  As mentioned in our previous blog, the industry as a whole has made tremendous advances in getting the average data center PUE closer to 1.0 but the recent technological advances have challenged operators.

The corollary to Moore’s Law – which states that computing density doubles roughly every two years – is that the appetite for data consumption continues at roughly the same rate.  We are only human, after all.  Some of the following drivers likely hit close to home for most of us as consumers:

  • Growing digital media creation and consumption
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality
  • Video going from HD to 4K
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Smart cities

And while most people understand these consumer-side drivers, they probably don’t understand that these computing challenges have created their own new set of drivers for data centers and their operators, who are dealing with things like:

  • Big Data
  • The Internet of Things
  • Artificial Intelligence

Which gets us right back to Moore’s Law.  What are the solutions to these issues if not ‘more power?’ Now, the chip and computer manufacturers are back at it, and the solutions to the current generation of density issues has introduced concepts such as:

  • Hyperconvergence
  • Disaggregation of data
  • Silicon photonics

It is a vicious cycle, isn’t it?  To learn more about what you can do to support a flexible, sustainable data center, follow this link to download the “Flexibility and Sustainability for the Dynamic Data Center” white paper.   Our next blog will spotlight the physical infrastructure of the data center, where we will talk about the factors that go into finding and building a flexible data center.  See you next time.

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