It seems like every day that new data center technologies emerge and evolve to adapt in our fast-paced world. In just a few years, virtualization grew from a concept and today, has become an infrastructure necessity. As technology emerges and expands, IT professionals need to pay attention to new developments, and consider the impact that those products or initiatives can have on the data center — and the business.
Searchdatacenter.techtarget.com recently outlined the top 10 IT trends poised to impact data centers over the next year and well into the future:
- Non-stop demand
The demand for IT resources, paired with new workloads and growing users and data, is constantly increasing. There is currently an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 10% in server workloads; 20% in power demands; 35% in network bandwidth; and an astonishing 50% AAGR in storage. This makes it more important than ever for IT leaders to pay attention and follow utilization trends. It’s also critical to perform careful capacity planning to ensure adequate resources are available to maintain service performance and user experience levels.
- Treating business units as technology startups
Business units today need a certain level of agility and responsiveness. While individual business units are spending from their budgets to bring in mobile applications and cloud services — and even using their own devices, etc. to save valuable time and resources, many business units will simply work around IT if that’s what is required to address business problems.
- Internet of Things
Experts predict the IoT will include over 26 billion connected devices by 2020. That being said, IT faces the challenge of processing, storing, correlating and reporting an ever-growing volume of real-time data from a multitude of sensor sources.
- Software-defined infrastructure
The automated nature of software-defined storage, software-defined networking (SDN), and even software-defined data centers, are helpful when it comes to orchestrating and operating your data center, and can make for fast and flexible infrastructure reconfiguration. However, if you choose to automate – don’t forget about it.
- Integrated systems evolution
Integrated infrastructures, commonly known as converged infrastructures (CI), continues to evolve. CI has recently gained considerable momentum and attention, and is expected to gain even more traction in years to come.
- Disaggregated systems
Instead of traditional data center hardware which exists as complete subsystems (a server which contains a power supply, processors, memory and storage within the same box and is interconnected through proprietary, short-distance electrical interfaces), the idea of disaggregated systems is to modularize computing building blocks, which can be racked as needs dictate, and then the modules join together through high-speed shared connections.
- Proactive infrastructures
Analytical tools are becoming increasingly more important for IT and data center professionals to better understand the data center and its computing resources — and then make better decisions about data center utilization and growth.
- IT service continuity
IT service continuity now encapsulates both business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) which, for a long time, have typically been approached as two separate and distinct functions and sets of issues. The central and fundamental goal of both is to keep essential services available to users.
- Bimodal IT
Experts claim that in order for IT companies to avoid significant risks, they must think about the two modes of IT (keeping the shop open (mode 1) and exploring new technologies to enhance the business (mode 2),) together as one entity. O&O’s can preserve the processes, procedures, and compliance for mode 1 operations and still embrace the agility and experimentation of mode 2 activities.
- Scarcity of IT skills
Factors such as increased IT complexity, greater support demands, shorter development times, shrinking budgets and end user requirements are putting pressure on IT staff to have a plethora of new ideas and skills they are willing to put to the test.