Data Centres go vertical

Smart Homes & Data Centres

As we are all aware, the coronavirus lockdown has had an dramatic effect on the global economy, but with so many people forced to work from home instead of the office space, it could help to speed up the adoption of smart technologies in and around the places where we live. Behind every smart home there is an equally smart data centre powering it. 

The awareness that work life can go on outside the office could just explode the smart home market over the next few years - a market that is already predicted to enjoy spectacular growth, thanks to a whole range of smart and affordable home applications such as the Amazon Alexa and the Google Home.

The rise of digital home assistants has been nothing but extraordinary in the last few years. Back in 2014, Gartner predicted that, by 2022, each home could have more than 500 smart devices. Most homes already have multiple media and entertainment devices and systems, every household appliance (cookers, fridges, freezers, dishwashers etc.) has the capability to be smart, and then there are the heating and the lighting systems (with the boiler, every radiator and every light source having an embedded Internet of Things (IoT) sensor).

On top of this, you must consider the world of work which might, as stated earlier be set to make a significant impact on many homes. More and more IT devices, streaming services, video conferencing and the downloading of work documentation from the cloud. Behind such a smart home lies a seriously large quantity of networks, data storage and computing power. Looking ahead, 5G promises to provide much of the required local connectivity – wireless has a major role to play alongside fixed, physical networks. And it will be the IoT sensors embedded in so many devices, which will be collecting data, and sending it over these networks to other local, regional or national locations, where the computer power will carry out the required data processing and analytics, before the data is stored in one or more locations. 

Smart Home Data Centre

Behind all this activity – the networks, the data analytics, storage, and many of the IoT applications which run your smart home/smart home office – lies on one or more data centres. Whether edge, regional or centralised facilities, these data centres host much of the vital data being generated, analysed and acted upon; host the storage devices on which this data sits; host the server power which carries out the data processing and analysis; and act as important connectivity hubs for the many, varied networks which transport the data to and from the countless of IoT sensors and the millions of connected devices.

What each data centre is required to do in the smart home ecosystem varies enormously, depending on its size, location, and IT-hosting capability. But there is no argument that behind every smart home, there is an equally smart data centre powering it. As the demand increases on these servers so will on the infrastructure behind it.  

As a data centre provider offering both consultancy and construction services, Infiniti can help offer
guidance and support on the best options for your business.

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