Pressure for Data Center Up-time Increases

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In the future economy, say that of 2020 – a time when data and devices connected to the internet turn to be as crucial as electricity today, the up-time of data centers is likely to be of the highest priority. 

Michael Rogers, the practical futurist recently addressed the IT professionals saying – “For data centers, the idea that you need to be perfect will not be far from the truth.” Data center managers and IT professionals should now consider about the demand of the economy from them in future and all decisions that they make have to be towards that aspect.

 

To get an idea of the technologies, which will demand continuous up-time of data center in 2024 (that is, 9 years from now), re-think what it was like 9 years ago (that is, 2006).

Back in 2006, Facebook had hardly 50,000 members; iPhone wasn’t available; YouTube was launched, though analysts predicted that it wouldn’t endure in the field as it got sued by Hollywood; the cost of a 24-in LCD TV was $3000.  

The increasing demand for data centers will arise from customers and employees who feel the need to be online all through the day either through devices or other connected gadgets. This is expected to be more dominant than ever before. For instance, the computing power of a present medium scale business server will be within an iPhone seven years down the lane, as predicted by Rogers.    

The key to retaining the uptime of data center will be predictive support, said Dell Services Solutions Group’s executive director, Jim Roth.

 

The growing prevalence of screens will imply tax on data centers. For instance, the pilot technology in convenience stores uses screens near cash registers with clothes and facial recognition, deciding if it’s one among the 5 customer classes that the business recognises and serves up a custom ad.

 

The government will also accelerate the demand for perfect uptime of data centers as high-speed internet will turn to be as vital to them as the rural electrification and federal highway systems in earlier generations.   

Before 2022, it would be common to see high-speed internet access all the time, everywhere. The growing presence of Internet of Things (IoT) apps will increase the demand on data center. By 2020 or so, parents may have to teach their children the meaning of being offline. The prevalence of broadband could be so extensive that losing connection to internet could mean something more severe than losing power for kids.

Possible Threats to Data Centers

Electromagnetic (EM) pulses might be the greatest risk that futuristic data centers may face, but it’s an overlooked aspect today. No one knows what impact high levels of EM pulses could have. 

As a defence, the probability of EM pulses being utilized against a data center is just a small likelihood and credibly security will still be a big threat to uptime. 

The demands could also originate from other workforce changes, including a move from the conventional manual work to increased automation at almost all levels. Such intelligence is likely to be a vital part of almost every business and this will have to be borne by the data center’s functioning.

 

Such high levels of automation could affect the IT workforce. However, the IT professionals working in data centers need not be concerned about their job security anytime soon, said Rogers.  He further stated – “As we automate some of the basic tasks in the data center, you will have time to do those [other] things.”

So, it's quite obvious that the futuristic data centers would be expected to fetch maximum up-time, and the pressure would only mount up on the data center providers as IoT and connected devices would only try to achieve perfection in just about everything in this industry. Let's wait and watch when we'd manage to achieve all those unreal stats and near-perfectionism in the hosting industry.