Data Center Trends in 2019: Software-Defined Networks (SDN)

One of the trendiest topics for the last few years has been software-defined networking, or SDN for short. The technology allows for infrastructure to become “transformed” into a software-based system, which Software Defined Networkis an integral part of the software defined data center (SDDC) of the future. In 2019, the technology has seen a significant uptick largely due to the value it has for data center networks such as the following:

  • SDN allows networks to dynamically reconfigure, to reduce bandwidth bottlenecks by directing the flow of network traffic, allowing the network to work effectively with a multitude of applications
  • SDN can be incredibly cost-effective by allowing for a simplified network design due to the capability for the controllers to provide instructions, eliminating the need for multiple devices
  • SDN provides a high level of flexibility, allowing the speedy deployment of new applications and services

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Data Center In 2019: An Aging Workforce?

Last year, Uptime Institute released a survey about the data center industry, and some of the findings pointed to the fact that young people are not very interested in pursuing careers in the data center. The survey consisted of managers and engineers of which 56% had over 20 years of experience, illustrating a distinct lack of entry level or early career employees.

Due to the lack of pre-professional and college programs, data center managers have found it hard to source employees that have the correct skills to work in data center operations. In fact, 65% of the data center managers surveyed said that they were facing these issues. However, all of that could be changing.

According to the most recent AFCOM State of the Data Center Report, 70% of respondents are starting to see younger faces around their data centers, but 34% are still finding it difficult to hireyoung people. So, how can we make the data center industry more attractive to younger generations? Here are some options: Data Center

  • Make your workplace more appealing to young people by considering the fact that younger generations, specifically millennials, all grew up being connected all the time. They know how to remain productive while using their technology, and oftentimes desire to work remotely.
  • Expose young people to the industry before college. Funds need to be allocated to programs that will expose high school and junior high school students to the industry, ultimately making it more visible. Instead of sticking with education focused on basic computer science or networking, there need to be programs that connect these concepts to the data center.
  • Increase diversity. Plain and simple, the data center industry is male-dominated and that needs to change. The industry need to integrate with STEM programs to support and recruit more women into the field, as well as the fact that skills developed in STEM programs will also help with future infrastructure implementations.

We are at a better place than we were last year, but this shift will take time. The changes in sentiment will not happen overnight, and high school programs won’t be funded at the drop of a hat. We need to come together as an industry to combat this issue, before all of our employees retire.

Data Center Trends in 2019 – Liquid Cooling

It’s no surprise that data centers use quite a bit of power to operate. In fact, they use about 3% of power generated on the planet, but what is surprising is that 40% of power consumption can be attributed to cooling methods. This metric is typically associated with air cooling methods, which are definitely not the most efficient.

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By cooling the air in the room to ensure the equipment does not overheat, you end up doing a lot of extra work. Enter liquid cooling; allowing you to cool equipment directly at the source of heat, whether that be by submerging the actual equipment in liquid or implementing direct-to-chip cooling. Here are some details about the two liquid cooling methods:

  • Immersion Cooling: This method involves submerging the actual equipment in a non-conductive liquid. This is much more efficient for removing heat than air cooling, however is much more expensive than direct-to-chip cooling, as it requires a large amount of dielectric fluid, which is expensive.
  • Direct-To-Chip Cooling: This method involves a heat sink attached directly to a CPU, to which two tubes are attached. In one tube, cold water flows in and draws heat away from the heat sink, and the other tube carries this heated water away to be disposed of. This method is much cheaper than immersion, since there is no direct contact with equipment allowing water to be used in place of dielectric fluid.

While the idea of liquid cooling has been around for quite some time, it has only really started to come into common usage in recent years. What started off as computer enthusiasts wanting to overclock their home PCs has translated into companies like Google implementing liquid cooling methods for some of their heavy-compute equipment after finding that air cooling was not up to the task. Additionally, air cooling introduces a number of inefficiencies such as introducing pollutants, creating condensation in the environment, and equipment that often needs to be repaired. Liquid cooling eliminates these inefficiencies, and lowers power costs, but for now remains a bit of a costly endeavor to implement.

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The Data Center in 2019: Next-Gen Security

We wish we didn’t have to say it, but when will security NOT be an issue or a hot topic? Data centers must continue to address the critical issues around physical security as well as security of the IT workload. In 2019, there will be ongoing tightening of security standards and increased adoption of leading-edge security techniques, tools and software across the industry.

In 2018 alone, according to Datacenter Knowledge, the cybersecurity epidemic caused countless data breaches, exacerbated the cybersecurity skills shortage, and left organizations of all sizes struggling with ineffective security programs. As such, the three security predictions that Datacenter Knowledge makes for 2019 include:

  • Cloud providers adopting a ‘security by default’ approach, in which they take the security controls already built into their platforms and ensure they are “on by default.” Simplifying security in this way should reduce human error, along with associated vulnerabilities and gaps in security defenses.
  • Enterprises will revert back to security basics by starting with simple again, prioritizing policies and processes that focus on tried and true basics such as “AAA” : Authentication, think User Directory and Multi-Factor Authentication; Authorization, which handles the permissions a user should have once authenticated; and Accounting, which watches and verifies the integrity of the user’s account from internal and external changes.
  • Companies will favor all-in-one security devices over standalone point products.

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The Data Center in 2019: Hot Technologies & Trends – Hybrid Cloud

451 Research analysts predict that this year organizations anticipate that just under half (46%) of enterprise workloads will run in on-premise environments, with the remainder off-premise.

Enterprises today are striking a balance between cloud and on-premises systems. Such actions have even enabled companies like Microsoft to soar to the number two position in the cloud market very quickly and has given IBM a considerable boost. Other conglomerates like AWS and Google are quickly following suit.

In order to address increasing data center demands while adding advantages of agility, scalability and global reach, traditional data centers are transforming into hybrid data centers.

The following hybrid data center characteristics are emerging that differ from previously worn, traditional approaches:

  • Application suitability – More enterprises are modernizing existing workloads when possible to develop new net applications suited for the cloud, as legacy applications are typically unsuited to run off-premise.
  • Workload management – The variables that determine which data center environments prove most efficient include risk, cost and IT service performance.
  • Advanced software tools – Companies that manage hybrid environments commonly invest in software tools offering greater visibility into each of the three data center iterations and their performance.

Additionally, centrally managing on-premise and public cloud security policies allows for security policy consistency and protects from cyber adversaries.

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The Data Center in 2019: Hot Technologies & Trends – 5G Demand

Referencing an IHS Economics and IHS Technology Report from 2017, 5G is expected to lay the groundwork for technologies such as enabling self-driving cars to be more responsive to traffic changes or IoT sensors being integrated into smart buildings and smart cities in the coming years. This report also finds that 5G has the potential to create a staggering $12.2 trillion in global economic output by 2035.

5G promises increased speeds and capacity, lower latency (less than 1 millisecond!), and an improved user experience. To stay relevant alongside 5G,, it is imperative for data centers to host and stream data at significant higher speeds, volumes, and lower latencies.

It is critical for data centers to offer low latency so as to not slow down the data transmission, as well as strong reliability and redundancy. With 5G, users will come to expect instant access whenever and wherever, and data centers who want to comply with these services must adhere.

Today’s data centers, such as 165 Halsey Street, are well equipped for the new wave of mobile networks. The facilities that are not should consider focusing on hardware refreshes and upgrades to ensure the lowest latency possible, along with a wealth of bandwidth to manage the high volume that 5G and other technologies, such as Edge Computing will bring.

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The Data Center in 2019: Hot Technologies & Trends – Death of the Data Center?

The Data Center Isn’t Dying; It’s Becoming Repurposed, More Powerful and Versatile

Flashy headlines aside, data centers are driven by increasing complexity of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), edge services, and with that, comes the natural need for the data center to evolve accordingly.

More and more enterprises are discovering that their on-premises data center infrastructure has no strategic value for the company.

As on-premises infrastructure models shift to off-premises models, enterprises are weighing the options of managing all IT infrastructures themselves in-house or outsourcing and pushing workloads to the cloud or colocation. IT strategies are now based on workload placement. Factors such as compliance, data sovereignty, data latency and other key business requirements help enterprises determine whether applications should reside on-premises, in the cloud, at the edge, and so on.

As data centers evolve, what technologies are propelling the changes within? Download our e-book to see, and also to learn about the other hot technologies and trends in the data center 2019.

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Upcoming eBook Release!

2018 brought a wealth of new technologies and trends in regard to the data center. The Internet of Things (IoT), rising volume of digital traffic and ongoing rapid adoption of cloud-based applications are just some of the trends that continued to shape the industry throughout the year.

Need a refresher on what some of the top trends were? Take a look below:

 

  • DataOps

  • Digitizing Financial Services

  • Serverless Cloud

  • Multi-Access Edge Computing

  • Converged Infrastructure Green Initiatives

  • Data Center Modernization

 

As 2019 is off and running, 165 Halsey Street wants to make sure that you have the right colocation / data center provider on your side. As part of our commitment to the industry, we’re excited to soon release a brand new eBook focusing on the 2019 trends and technologies set to impact data centers the most.

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The Heart, The Data Center

Technology is pretty much at the heart of everything we do, and the world continues to become more and more digital. As we previously mentioned in our e-Book, an IDC study predicts that by 2020, we’ll have 44 zettabytes of data worldwide, as compared to just three exabytes in 1986. That’s not just a little bit of data, that’s a lot! So, if you think of your own heart, you probably don’t pay much attention to it beating in your chest on a daily basis. It does what it is supposed to do; pumping and receiving blood, day and night. Technology is similar to the heart. You might not notice or know how the technology you use is working, but it is and you generally expect it to keep doing its job, day and night.

How technology does its job is important. Enter the data center; the blood flow and lifeline to the technologies we use everyday. While the adoption of the cloud continues to grow, the need for on-premise systems doesn’t come to a screeching halt. Data centers have a strong heartbeat. It was reported by IHS Markit, who surveyed IT managers at 151 North American organizations, that most respondents expect to double the amount of physical servers in their data centers by 2019. Furthermore, Cushman & Wakefield estimates multi-tenant revenue growth will be 12% to 14% each year for the next two to five years. Another interesting find from the State of the Data Center AFCOM study was that a set of statistics showed that new data center construction will grow more than five times over the next three years.

As 2018 starts to come to a close and 2019 begins, the data center will remain a critical piece to many technology operations.

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Data Center Trends in 2018: Green Initiatives

East or west, going green is the best! It’s no secret that “going green” is something at the top of a lot of people’s minds, including those in the data center industry. The data-hungry machines that are at the heart of the global data center market use an extensive amount of power, thus being a major contributor to excess pollution in the environment.

According to Cisco, it’s estimated a billion devices will be connected by 2020 with data centers as one of the most significant energy consumers in the world. In fact, data centers are observed to be using 20% of all available electricity across the globe by 2025, followed by smart devices and wireless networks, as data is created at a faster speed than ever seen before.

The carbon footprint of data centers will also comprise 5.5% of the global value, IF adoption of more efficient energy sources are not evolving at full speed.

To learn more about the environmental impact data centers will have on the world and the steps they’re taking to improve, check out our latest e-book here.