Know the Top Data Center Industry Trends that will be relevant in the Next Normal as Well

The IT landscape continues to evolve as companies produce vast volumes of data and find new ways to improve end-user communication. 

Afcom’s “2020 State of the Data Center” study provided admins and IT managers with an overview of the latest developments in the data center industry to help readers find out how other companies are improving their infrastructure.

This year’s report highlighted the surge in private cloud adoption, rack density, and edge deployments. The rising complexity of the data center infrastructure raises concerns about security, staffing, and operations. Here are some of the trends:


Businesses Taking a Step Back from The Public Cloud

Many IT teams are reconfiguring cloud infrastructure as organizations are realizing that the public cloud has associated expense, management, and data control detriments. 72% of respondents said they were preparing to move to private clouds, while 52 percent said they already have some sort of private cloud deployment in action.

Even with this transition to a private cloud, IT departments are not limited to one form of cloud architecture. This year’s report included multi-cloud computing for the first time. 25% of respondents said they were using a multi-cloud setup, and 44 percent of them were planning to introduce it in the upcoming years.

Data Center Infrastructure: Managing more with less space

The findings of the report indicated a decline in total data center square footage but a rise in rack density. The average data center rack increased from 7.3 Kw to 8.2 Kw per rack. 

Increased rack density may lead to long-term cost savings and optimized use of infrastructure, particularly when companies do not have the land or resources to construct new data centers. It offers a much higher degree of capacity with the same amount of datacenter footprint.

Colocation clients get smarter

Colocation offers businesses a short-term and cost-effective means to scale, particularly as apps become more susceptible to latency.

It is more advantageous to have a distributed infrastructure network; sometimes, this can be achieved through colocation.

Organizations are becoming much more cost-effective with colocation, especially in terms of power consumption and performance. This has prompted placement service providers to reconsider how they create and operate their data centers. Today, consumers are more interested in talking about available purchasing power than just buying up space.

A Burgeoning Interest in Edge

The data center industry is growing in terms of edge computing, internal projects, and collocated infrastructure. 

The authors of the study found that 55 % of respondents stated they were planning to use edge computing within the next three years, while 20 % said they have already implemented the technology. The scale of the deployment varies, though; 32 percent of respondents said they already had 10-20 active edge sites, 70 % claimed they have planned for 40 or more in the coming times.

Big data, machine learning, smart devices, and streaming media use cases are fuelling growth in edge computing. If companies are able to put data processing as close as possible to the source, they can decrease both latency and expenditures.