DataCenter is an IT facility that manages an organization’s IT equipment, operations & processes data to store, manage & disseminate as required for business operations which may be present locally or remotely.
There has been the constant rise in the demands of IT infrastructure and there will be no stopping to it in the future. Technologies will keep evolving and experiments to improve the efficiency is an ongoing process. The latest example for this is the experiment by Microsoft where it landed its first submarine data centers.
Tier-4 Data Centers are state-of-art facilities, built up with a huge capital, storing heavy machines, high-power equipment and all the latest computing and networking technologies. They need a constant monitoring, surveillance and high-maintenance to keep thousands of business running smooth.
Data centers have evolved from the on premise server rooms at organizations to outsourcing IT workloads to huge state of art complex equipped with all the hi-tech systems.
Here is a brief glimpse of the technologies that belong to 21st century data centers.
Data Centers providers of the 21st century are innovative & it includes major infrastructure changes along with technology changes.
Software-Defined Data centers: Everything will be automated at the data centers through software by leveraging the virtualization concepts such as pooling and abstraction. Networking, storage, memory, processing, security and all other elements of IT infrastructure will be delivered as a service.
Modular Data Centers: Technology gets smarter when it’s smaller. Today we have huge data center infrastructure building, tomorrow we might have a mini or a micro data centers. For today, we have moved to modular data centers which are prefabricated and fitted into ship containers that have servers, storage networking, and cooling systems. This enables organizations to quickly build and deploy the required computing capacity in cost effective way with high scalability.
Green Data Centers: Tech giants have already been using alternative sources of energy to power their green data centers. In fact, many of them have even reached the level of using 100% renewable energy across all their facilities.
Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM): Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) or Data Center Predictive Modelling (DCPM) is an evolving sector with solutions to manage the data center’s physical infrastructure. This infrastructure is related to IT hardware, power needs, cooling systems etc. These solutions provide an overview of the physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure & helps in predictive analytics and for future planning. These processes are necessary to run an IT operation efficiently & make future decisions regarding future data center capacity, current & predicted data loads, capacity requirements & related costs involved while running in different work environments. These decisions will help in managing your resources, costs, increase performance, and overall efficiency for IT operations & in turn business requirements.
2012 DCIM Solution market research associated functions related to inventory & discovery, its maintenance, data collection, alerts, controls, trend analysis, power planning, capacity planning, workload-aware modeling, network capacity modeling & its integration with conventional IT management tools.
It also identifies DCIM vendors groups. For eg: Data Center facility & infrastructure vendors, IT management vendors & System hardware vendors.
Advanced Storage Server Systems :
Clustered server storage systems involve deploying two or more storage servers. It works together for better performance, capacity handling, and increasing reliability by distributing workloads on multiple hosting servers. These systems include additional features for non-disruptive operations, better application integration, and also to providing scalability for storage systems for data centers.
Storage server OS plays an important role by making it available with different types of storage systems like scale-up or clustered storage system. It helps in integrating with a variety of applications to serve business needs with options of integrated and scalable capacities to meet changing business requirements.
Also, Cloud storage services give data storage options for backup and recovery, disaster recovery etc in a cost effective manner.
Latest being the submarine data centers: Microsoft recently landed its data center in the sea. This experiment if, successful will overcome a lot of cooling and energy issues, reduce latency, improve efficiency, and solve a lot of other related issues too.
So, maybe we are not too far when all our data will be stored in the sea and oceans, and more land will be available to build homes.