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.

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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#TEXcited for Telecom Exchange! June 20-21, 2017

In less than one week, Telecom Exchange’s doors will open at Cipriani Wall Street (June 20-21, 2017)! The 165 Halsey Street team will be on hand with an exhibit booth presence to discuss all things data center and colocation services.

Here’s a few quick facts about 165 Halsey Street:

  • We are an SSAE 16-certified carrier neutral colocation facility.
  • There are no MRC cross connect fees in our facility.
  • We grant access to 60+ top-tier networks through our facility.
  • We serve a variety of tenants, including Fortune 500 companies and SMBs across the technology, financial, government, medical, content industries.

If you’re a content provider, network provider, or tech startup in the market for colocation services, we would love to schedule some time to discuss what our 1.2M square-foot data center/colocation/ telecom carrier can do to meet your unique networking needs.

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Telecom Exchange is the award-winning industry networking event dedicated to neutral exhibit space for direct networking and C-level engagement that allows attendees to explore ‘Where Communications & Technology Meet.’ This year’s show is projected to host over 600 attendees, so the 165 Halsey Street team is looking forward to catching up with old friends and meeting new.

Tech Advancements in 2017: Do You Know What to Expect?

Believe it or not, we’re approaching the halfway mark for 2017! In many ways 2017 has already been a critical year in terms of technological advancement, but there’s still much more to come. Moore’s Law is ever-apparent these days, as everyone strives to make the ultimate pocket sized computer (otherwise known as a mobile phone), companies introduce more sophisticated IoT devices and VR/AR technology creep closer to resembling the experiences you’ve seen in 1980s science fiction movies.

So, the big question is, do you know what to expect in terms of the forecasted tech trends? On top of that, are you taking advantage of colocation services that are equipped to support the devices of tomorrow?

Luckily, the 165 Halsey Street team has authored an eBook, titled, “Technology Advancements in 2017: A Look at Cloud, Peering, IoT & More” that outlines some of the major technological projections for 2017. While every business is different, it’s important to explore the latest technologies to stay empowered, drive new efficiencies, act more quickly and deliver top notch customer service. This eBook explores where new technologies stand and can serve as a guide to steer your business in the right direction.

If you’re interested in our expert opinion on emerging technologies, please click below to download our FREE eBook.