The emergence of these archetypes is due to certain trends such as cloud computing, sustainability, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things that are driving IT changes across all industries and creating opportunities and challenges in the process.
4 emerging archetypes of data centers:
The Data Fortress
Cyber attacks have disrupted some of the companies as our connected world creates more openings for hackers. Organizations are beginning to take a security-first approach to data center design, deploying out-of-network data pods for highly sensitive information — in some cases with separate, dedicated power and thermal management equipment.
The Cloud of Many Drops
Despite virtualization-driven improvements, many servers remain underutilized. Studies indicate servers use just 5-15 percent of their computing capacity and that 30 percent of all servers are “comatose.” Organizations will explore shared service models, selling some of that excess capacity and in effect becoming part of the cloud.
Distributed architectures are becoming commonplace as computing at the edge of the network becomes more critical. Fog computing, introduced by enterprise networking vendor Cisco, connects multiple small networks into a single large network, with application services distributed across smart devices and edge computing systems to improve efficiency and concentrate data processing closer to devices and networks. It’s a logical response to the data being generated by the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Corporate Social Responsibility Compliant Data Center
Energy efficiency continues to be important for an industry with limitless consumption needs, but other drivers — most notably an increased focus on reducing carbon footprint among some organizations — are pushing the focus toward sustainability and corporate responsibility. The industry is responding with increased use of alternative energy in an effort to move toward carbon neutrality.