Keys to the Future of Data Centers in 2015

Planning changes to your data centers in 2015 or the near
future beyond that?

There are trends worth knowing about as you plan any
changes.

TechRepublic.com has identified five trends in data centers.
The article says, “The technologies and processes that power our data
centers have grown at an exponential rate. What was once considered
state of the art is now considered a relic, and the IT skills needed to
manage these new data centers are changing as well.”

Artificial Intelligence: “As more and more
companies make advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine
learning, it is only a matter of time before those innovations make
their way into data centers. Last year, Google made headlines when it
announced that it wasusing machine learning through neural networks to
optimize its data centers, even releasing a white paper explaining the
process.”

Wired has an article on artificial intelligence
you might find helpful because it discusses how it evolved. It says,
among other points, “Nowhere has AI had a greater impact in the early
stages of the 21st century than in the office. Machine-learning
technologies are driving increases in productivity never before seen.
From workflow management tools to trend predictions and even the way
brands purchase advertising, AI is changing the way we do business.”

IPv6: “It’s no secret that we’ve exhausted
a lot of our options regarding current IPv4 (Internet Protocol version
4) addresses — IPv4 ran out of addresses and the routing tables have
gotten too big. The intended replacement that will, hopefully, alleviate
this issue is the introduction of IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6).
While probably still a ways off, IPv6 will definitely affect the data
center.”

Network World has an article
on IPv6 you might find interesting while on the topic. It says,
“Imagine for a moment that there were a nation-wide shortage of phone
numbers. The 10-digit numbering scheme just isn’t cutting it anymore.
The powers that be decide to expand the scheme, but rather than just
tacking on a single digit and thus expanding the available number pool
by a factor of 10, they decide to think big. REALLY big. Instead of the
base 10 decimal number scheme where every digit is 0-9, they go with
hexadecimal where every digit is one of 16 characters (0-9 and a-f). And
not only so, but they expand the number of digits from 10 to 32. … IPv6
is kinda like that. Actually, IPv6 is exactly like that.”

Solid State Drives: “Solid state drives
(SSDs) are nothing new, but they are still a touchy subject in the
enterprise data center, due to expense and interface issues. While
Moore’s Law has done its fair share of making SSDs cheaper than they
used to be, they still require a hefty investment relative to their
spinning counterparts and have some interface issue to contend with.
However, more and more companies are beginning to use them.”

Virtualization: “Another IT constant that will continue to drive change in the data center is virtualization. The list of current benefits
is long, including better testing, easier backups, and faster
redeployments, among others. There are arguments about the viability of
virtualization, especially regarding data reading from storage in
virtual environments.”

Cloud Solutions: “For many, the hybrid
cloud solution works well to balance the performance and simplicity of
the public cloud with the security and stability of an on-premise data
center. In addition to security concerns, cloud costs are still a
barrier for some companies.”

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