Most people in the business world have become familiar with the term data center over the last decade or so. But it’s only in the last few years that we’ve seen an explosion in the number of data centers worldwide. The growth in data centers today is being driven by demand for accessible data from mobile devices . Smartphone usage on a global basis is ballooning. And it’s still expected to grow for some time yet.
A couple of years ago, it seemed as if the data center era might have reached its peak. After all, there are only so many people in the world that you can hook up to the internet. But what analysts didn’t predict was the rise of new “things” that could also hook up to the web. The Internet of Things will continue to drive data center expansion through the rest of the decade and into the next.Gartner recently released their prediction of how they thought the market would develop. The company predicted that by 2020, there would be 26 billion IoT devices connected worldwide. That number is set to grow to as staggering 100 trillion by 2030; such is the nature of exponential growth.
That means that there’s going to be ongoing demand for data centers and cloud-based platforms. Businesses, therefore, need to get engaged now. But how can they make the most of their data centers?
Recently it was revealed by the US government that it had saved $2 billion consolidating data centers. As it turns out, most data centers are only operating at around 12 to 18 percent capacity. And that means that many businesses are paying for infrastructure they don’t need. Microsoft, HBE, and IBM have all saved billions through consolidation.
The colocation server market is a complicated one. Servers come in many different shapes and sizes. And there are many options to choose from, including custom cages, disaster recovery and so on.
On top of this, different companies offer different services. This makes an apples-to-apples comparison is difficult. Fortunately, there are sites like www.quotecolo.com that can help simplify the process. These sites do the research and present businesses with a list of quote and options.
Move Your Server To The Cloud
These days, almost everything seems to be migrating to the cloud. But what does it mean to say that a data center is moving to the cloud? There’s an excellent article on this issue on datacenterknowledge.com. The article charts a list of interesting examples for how different institutions migrated to the cloud. School districts, healthcare providers, and software companies have all made the switch.
Beware The Drones
Recently, data center expert Adam Ringle argued that data centers were at risk of a drone attack. It seems far fetched. But drone now offer a novel way for criminals to damage company operations. Ringle advises, therefore, that companies set up a physical perimeter around their facilities. He also suggests that they create policies and guidelines to deal with such an event.