In the age of big data, mobile devices, remote work, streaming video, online gaming, e-commerce, and social networks -- data centers are becoming more important than ever before.
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It wasn’t that long ago that if you needed computing capacity, your best bet was to build your own data center. But naturally, committing to your own data center has its drawbacks. Although an on-premise data center gives you more control over applications and information, designing an in-house data center that is cost-effective and scalable, it isn’t without its challenges. With the coming of the cloud, many businesses find it easier to lease data storage and computing capacity from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or another service provider. But the drawback is you have to surrender some control when you opt for cloud services. That’s why more IT executives are including data center colocation as part of their strategy.
Nothing seems to change as fast as technology, and that includes data center trends. As demand for more analytics, data processing, and storage increases, data center infrastructures have to adapt. As a result, we are seeing new developments, such as modular micro data centers (MMDC), hyperscale data centers, and new modular data center designs. Here are just a few of the data center trends we see coming in 2020.
A tight labor market is seriously affecting the construction industry, and the development and design of new data centers is no exception. When it comes down to it, there are simply not enough skilled workers to go around.
Regardless of how you define the network “EDGE”, network capacity in closer proximity to the consumption and production of data is a requirement. When exploring data center solutions, the ISO shipping container is frequently part of the discussion. Modular, purpose built enclosures are a great solution for data centers. Modular hyperscale buildings like CyrusOne and Microsoft, enterprise data systems, and telecom systems are all a perfect fit for modular, but not shipping containers.