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

Want to learn more about the hot trends for data centers in 2019? Download our eBook today!

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.

Stay Tuned for Our Upcoming eBook: “Race to 5G and What It Means for Data Centers”

Keep on the lookout for our upcoming eBook that will serve as a comprehensive overview of 5G. Throughout the last few years, 5G has maintained a significant amount of buzz from implementation to deployment. Even our own President is asserting that the US will “lead in 5G very shortly.” But what exactly are we racing to? How technically close are we to the official Race to 5Gand universal rollout of 5G? These are the questions we will answer in the upcoming eBook “Race to 5G and What It Means for Data Centers.”

Make sure to download the eBook upon its release, to read about some of the following topics:

  • Overview of 5G
  • Status of 5G Implementation in US
  • 5G and Data Centers
  • 5G Challenges / Opportunities for Data Centers
  • What’s Ahead for 5G – End of the Race?

The eBook will be available for download in the next couple of weeks; make sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for our updates!

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.

Download our eBook to read more about 2019 Data Center Trends!

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.

Leave a comment below to offer up your predictions before the latest eBook is released!

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Data and Privacy: 2018-2019 Outlook: Data Centers and Security

Does your data center take security to the next level? In our latest e-Book, we address how you can best protect yourself from data breaches, the latest on privacy laws and more. To wrap up this particular e-Book blog series, we’re talking about common security measures you can find in secure data centers.

Hacking, malware and spyware are the most obvious threats to data privacy, and there is also the physical aspect of IT security to keep in mind. Data centers and carrier hotels, such as 165 Halsey Street, take security to a whole new level. Below are just a few examples of security measures that should be taken in a secure data center:

  • Top of the Line Surveillance Systems
  • Security Guards
  • Strategic Building Design
  • Access Control

There are many additional countermeasures employed by data centers. Check with your data center specifically on all security measures utilized.

Why choose 165 Halsey Street?

165 Halsey Street is a dedicated 1.2M sf data center/colocation/telecom carrier hotel with over 80 MW of power. The building has been operating a carrier neutral colocation business for more than 15 years,  and presently spans over 180,000 square feet with no MRC cross connect fees and direct access to over 60 networks.

Located just 13 miles from Manhattan, 165 Halsey Street is independently owned and operated and SSAE 16-certified. With 165 Halsey Colocation, there are no monthly recurring cross connect fees between customers, allowing safe, convenient and affordable interconnection.

Data & Privacy: 2018-2019 Outlook – GDPR

GDPR. Four letters that most everyone has heard within the last year and a topic included in our latest e-book, “Data & Privacy: 2018-2019 Outlook.” What does GDPR stand for? General Data Protection Regulation, of which reinforcement officially began on May 25, 2018.

GDPR is designed to not only standardize privacy practices across the EU, but to influence how countries outside the EU design their own legislation around data protection and privacy. While GDPR applies to data captured and processed by EU-based businesses, it also pertains to  organizations outside the EU that processes personal data about EU customers in connection with offering goods or services to them. The implications if not followed? Fines can reach up to €20 million or four percent of total worldwide revenue the previous year, whichever is greater. We doubt that anyone would like to hand over a check for that amount, so we’ve provided information and some recommendations s for U.S. businesses on GDPR in our new e-book.

If you would like to read more about GDPR and other top data and privacy concerns of 2018, with an outlook into 2019, download our new e-book here.

165 Halsey Street Tenant Breakdown

You might be familiar with our facilities, but you might not know the complete breakdown of our tenants. In this week’s blog, we’re happy to explore in a bit more detail about the customers we serve.

We currently serve over 20 Fortune 500 companies and a great variety of small to mid-sized customers. Our tenants are from a variety of industries, including technology, financial, government, healthcare and media. Our technology tenants, including top Fortune 500 companies, choose 165 Halsey because they have access to 60+ networks without cross connect fees and much more.

With our top notch security, financial, government and  healthcare industries can rest easy knowing that their data is protected. That’s why we have financial Fortune 500 companies and various small to mid-sized companies who put their trust into us. Furthermore, with our high reliability and connectivity, global content providers, including two Fortune 500 companies, can be certain that we can meet their colocation and connectivity needs.

Why do tenants continue to choose 165 Halsey Street?

  • No MRC Cross Connect Fees
  • No Bureaucracy
  • Affordable space, power and interconnection services
  • Building owners operate the colo business, leading to expedited service
  • Carrier neutral with all networks
  • 60+ networks

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What’s Up With 5G?

What is 5G?

5G this, 5G that, 5G here and 5G there. It seems like all anyone is ever talking about these days is 5G and the transformative power around it. After years of planning throughout the industry, 5G is closer now more than ever to becoming a mainstream reality, showing itself at world sporting events like the Winter Games and the big football game.

It’s the next fifth-generation of mobile internet connectivity that comes with the promise of faster data download and upload speeds, additional coverage and more stable connections. The goal of 5G is to replace all existing networks used to connect to the Internet. Basically, everything you currently do on your smartphone you will be able to do even faster. It will enable working in the cloud, remote control of robots, VR gaming, and automation.

What’s the Point?

How often do you use your smartphone? When you look around, how many people do you see using their phones? The world is going mobile and data usage is only increasing. According to a recent IDC study, we will hit a total of 180 zettabytes of data by the year 2025. 5G will have the capability of better handling thousands of devices such as sensors, cameras and more. In short, most of the technology that is used on an everyday basis will only get better and faster.

The reality of 5G and the transformative changes that come with it are increasingly close to becoming an everyday reality. At 165 Halsey Street, we’re preparing for what’s to come and look forward to the future of technology.

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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.

Talk to us at 165 Halsey Street to see how our data center can best support your business technology operations.