As 2015 comes to a close, it’s time to look toward 2016 and the trends the new year will bring, particularly in data center technologies.
What can we expect to see? Much of the same, obviously, but new developments are also on the horizon. Here are some of the predictions for 2016’s data center trends.
Cold Aisle Containment Will Be In
As the general size of data centers continues to grow, with the digital universe more than doubling in size every year, cold aisle containment will be the most popular cooling method. In fact, cold aisle containment is likely to become an industry standard in data center cooling.
Cloud Technology Will Continue to Expand
When cloud technology was first coming along, people seemed to predict that it would spell the end of the data center. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. While cloud storage may require less hardware, it still relies on data centers to function. In 2016, data centers will simply need to be well equipped with cloud capabilities.
Technical Teams Will Be a Must
One aspect of data center environments soon to change is the added presence of an on-site technical team. These teams will be able to access and service the data center 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
This will further save customers both money and time, and allow for physical access that helps speed up the troubleshooting process.
Cabinets Will Be All About High Density
Because of the continued rise of smartphone technology and growing number of data access points, data center cabinets need to have higher density.
In 2016, more cabinets will be designed to handle all of the requests and functionalities that all of that data require. Increased power, cooling and networking capabilities will help data centers handle it all.
Data Center Positioning Will Remain Crucial
More and more IT companies are moving their data centers to locations where they can better serve their customers. Strategically placed data centers help improve connectivity and the management of finances.
Some of the financial factors that might influence a data center installation site include tax incentives, utility costs, and potential hazards due to weather or general environment.
These are simply some of the many changes you’re likely to see in data center technology next year. If you have any other predictions or thoughts concerning data centers in 2016, let us know in the comments!