Vertiv Anticipates Advent of Gen 4 Data Centre in Look Ahead to 2018 TrendsThe next-generation data centre will exist beyond walls, seamlessly integrating core facilities with a more intelligent, mission-critical edge of network. These Gen 4 data centres are emerging and will become the model for IT networks of the 2020s. The advent of this edge-dependent data centre is one of five 2018 data centre trends identified by a global panel of experts from Vertiv, formerly Emerson Network Power. “Rising data volumes, fuelled largely by connected devices, has caused businesses to reevaluate their IT infrastructures to meet increasing consumer demands,” said Giordano Albertazzi, president of Vertiv in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Although there are a number of directions companies can take to support this rise, many IT leaders are opting to move their facilities closer to the end-user – or to the edge. Whatever approach businesses take, speed and consistency of service delivered throughout this phase will become the most attractive offering for consumers.” Previous Vertiv forecasts identified trends tied to the cloud, integrated systems, infrastructure security and more. Below are five trends expected to impact the data centre ecosystem in 2018:
- Emergence of the Gen 4 Data Centre: Whether traditional IT closets or 1,500 square-foot micro-data centres, organisations increasingly are relying on the edge. The Gen 4 data centre holistically and harmoniously integrates edge and core, elevating these new architectures beyond simple distributed networks.
- Cloud Providers Go Colo: Cloud adoption is happening so fast that in many cases cloud providers can’t keep up with capacity demands. In reality, some would rather not try. They would prefer to focus on service delivery and other priorities over new data centre builds, and will turn to colocation providers to meet their capacity demands.
- Reconfiguring the Data Centre’s Middle Class: It’s no secret that the greatest areas of growth in the data centre market are in hyperscale facilities – typically cloud or colocation providers – and at the edge of the network. With the growth in colo and cloud resources, traditional data centre operators now have the opportunity to reimagine and reconfigure their facilities and resources that remain critical to local operations.
- High-Density (Finally) Arrives: The data centre community has been predicting a spike in rack power densities for a decade, but those increases have been incremental at best. That’s changing. While densities under 10 kW per rack remain the norm, deployments at 15 kW are not uncommon in hyperscale facilities – and some are inching toward 25 kW.
- The World Reacts to the Edge: As more and more businesses shift computing to the edge of their networks, critical evaluation of the facilities housing these edge resources and the security and ownership of the data contained there is needed. This includes the physical and mechanical design, construction and security of edge facilities as well as complicated questions related to data ownership. Governments and regulatory bodies around the world increasingly will be challenged to consider and act on these issues.
Vertiv designs, builds and services critical infrastructure that enables vital applications for data centres, communication networks and commercial and industrial facilities. Formerly Emerson Network Power, Vertiv supports today’s growing mobile and cloud computing markets with a portfolio of power, thermal and infrastructure management solutions including the Chloride®, Liebert®, NetSure™ and Trellis™ brands. Sales in fiscal 2016 were $4.4 billion. Guest blog by Vertiv. For more information, please visit VertivCo.com or contact Hannah Sharland on +44 (0) 2380 649832 or email Hannah.Sharland@vertivco.com Source https://www.vertivco.com/en-emea/about/newsroom/news-releases/vertiv-anticipates-advent-of-gen-4-data-center-in-look-ahead-to-2018-trends/