Many people speculate that physical data centres will soon become a thing of the past, and that cloud computing will be at the forefront of data collation and storage. However, this is highly unlikely to be the case. Many businesses working with critical data need a reliable source to keep their data as accessible as possible. Although the cloud provides greater ease of access, it also comes with a complete lack of tangibility, internet dependency, and remoteness – which isn’t ideal for businesses within the fields of law, health and finance to name a few examples.
But with both physical and cloud-based data centres set to be around for the long run, what can we expect for them to be like a decade from now?
Edge data centres – as we’ve already spoken about in a previous post, Edge data centres have and will see an increase in popularity as a direct result of IoT and 5G. Both have caused a huge influx in the speed of data consumption and demand, therefore some business’ can no longer afford to have a one size fits all data centre. Top tier latency rates are going to become more important than ever, and as a result, edge data centres are going to have to be situated in the most optimal locations possible to maintain a strong connection.
Within the next decade, we can expect a good majority of businesses to have their data centres scattered throughout multiple locations in order to match specific data requirements.
AI integration – due to the constant increase in the complexity of data, AI will likely become highly sought after by businesses that require a powerful tool to make sense of things. The IoT has led to an abundance of uncategorised data that has plagued analysts with an inability to quantify and collate important data to turn into meaningful information.
AI will likely see integration with data centres on a much broader scale, with the likelihood of data centres providing a primary home for AI in some form that is yet to be fully determined. The current realm of possibility within AI is likely to have not even scratched the surface, and as a result, it becomes hard to speculate the impact - as later discoveries may involve elements that we haven't even theorised yet. But we can quite confidently speculate that it will become a large part of data management.
Green data centres - As a majority of the developed world is moving towards clean energy and resourcing, new methods to increase efficiency are constantly surfacing that allow businesses to operate as cleanly as possible. Data centres will be no stranger to these changes, and there will likely be widespread change into how businesses’ power and maintain their data centres.
Many businesses are looking to alternative, and more conscious methods of powering and cooling their data centres. However, with the increase in consumption leading to the increased need for businesses to have greater power and efficiency to process data, the current trade off to become ‘green’ may not be a plausible route if looking to maintain maximum efficiency.
As with most green efficiency programmes, comes the likely sacrifice of power for the sake of improved sustainability. Most sustainable practices currently available within the realm of data centres cannot compete with the power provided by less sustainable practices, they can be extremely expensive, and present many more rippling variables that must be considered.
However, green efficiency is constantly
seeing growth in the race to become a sustainable planet, and it is likely that
by 2028 we will see extensive advancements in green technology that can compete
and eventually override non-sustainable systems.
In summary, given that these anticipated advancements become the forefront of data centres, we may well see an increase in edge data centres... that are primarily supportive of and utilise AI, whilst functioning sustainably... with maximum power capacity.
Although something to work towards, it is unlikely that it will be as plain sailing as the above… but we can confidently speculate given the rates of progression amongst the three speculations above, that at least 1/3 of the given elements will have weaved their way into regular practice, with the other 2/3 making their way into industry via a different route.
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