Critical infrastructure provider for information and communication technology systems, Emerson Network Power, has released its predictions on four emerging archetypes that will reshape the future of data centres.
According to Emerson, disruptive trends like cloud computing, sustainability, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are driving profound IT changes across all industries resulting to the emergence of new data centre archetypes.
"We are in the midst of a profound digital transformation that is reshaping how businesses and consumers behave, connect and transact," said Anand Sanghi, President of Emerson Network Power in Asia. "Consequently, data centres are also evolving in response this transformation."
The report cited the following archetypes:
1. Data Fortress. Cyberattacks on world's leading companies has caused organisations to take a security-first approach data centre design. Companies are deploying out-of-network data pods to protect their highly sensitive information or, in some cases with separate, dedicated power and thermal management equipment.
2. Cloud of Many Drops. Despite virtualisation-driven improvements, some servers remain underutilised. As a result, organisations will explore shared service models, selling some of their server's excess capacity which will then lead the company's shifting to the cloud.
3. Fog computing. As a response to the large amount of data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, organisations will be investing to fog computing to connect multiple small networks into a single large network, with application services distributed to smart devices and edge computing that could help improve efficiency and focus on data processing closer to the devices and networks.
4. Corporate Social Responsibility Compliant Data Centre. Organisations will be shifting to alternative source of energy in their effort to reduce their carbon footprints, and promote sustainability and corporate responsibility.
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