Data Centres Of The Future

Data Centres Of The Future

As humans require more and more computing power and more and more cloud storage, we’re going to need more and more data centres. So what do the data centres of the future look like?

The expansion of 5G technology across the world and with projects like Elon Musk’s Starlink promising to provide the entire globe with ultra-high-speed internet, the vast majority of our computing power is no longer bound by what we can process on-location. Much of our computing is already done on the cloud in some form and this is a trend that is only likely to accelerate. Data centres could be housed in cool remote places to ensure maximum efficiency and low costs.

There will probably be very few humans in the data centres of the future. This provides the opportunity for massive energy and cost-saving measures. If there is no one there, doors don’t need to be opened, climate-controlled rooms won’t be disturbed, lighting is all but unnecessary, and most management of the facilities could be either automated or done remotely. have also rightly pointed out that “Because of the global pandemic’s impacts on social distancing, remote management of the data centre is now a priority for safety purposes alongside smarter resource allocation.” Obviously, engineers (both software and hardware) will still be required, but much of their work will be done before the data centre has even opened.

Data Bed.png

This is also an inevitability as humanity requires more and more computing power to fuel our ever-rising demand on cloud and edge computing, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence and machine learning. Forbes commented in their Forbes Insights series that, “Decentralization—moving data, processing and resources away from the organization’s local data centre or corporate hub, out as far as edge devices—will help enable faster processing. A decentralization approach may also involve shifting resources and focus.”

As Ed Butler, CEO of cloud hosting firm Amito, wrote for datacenterdynamics, Covid has shown that even the arguments for on-site cloud services are running thin.

Experience showed that those businesses that had argued the case that on premise cloud services meant maintaining control and having close oversight of their data assets, found the opposite was true. We saw IT managers having to make hard decisions about how to fix servers, manage upgrades and trouble-shoot during lockdown. At the same, businesses with hosted cloud environments were able to operate almost seamlessly.”

Covid also fuelled our need for cloud programs to fuel remote work and our increasing reliance upon the digital space for continuation of normal life and this is not a trend that is likely to be reversed – remote working is here to stay. Amr Alashaal, Regional Vice President for the Middle East at A10 Networks told intelligentdatacentres: “We’ve become an application-centric society. The cloud has played a huge role as we move away from strictly on-premises data centres to a hybrid cloud and multi-cloud approach. And, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on how we are building, delivering and consuming our applications.

As data centres have grown in size and power, the power density of the racks has made cool a significant issue. In the past 1 kW per rack may have been considered a high power density, but by 2018 the average was approaching 7kW – a seven-fold increase. Larger data centres have been known to house racks with 15-20kW, with these numbers likely to increase significantly in the future as our need for processing and computing power grows. This makes the case for remote and automated data centres in the cooler parts of the world all the more important for environmental and cost-saving reasons. The rapid growth of emerging markets and the ever-growing number of people using laptops and smartphones as technology advances will only fuel the need for ever-larger rigs and more computing power.

Data centres of the future are likely to be massive, unmanned facilities, powering our cloud-driven world from the northern-most reaches of Canada, Siberia, and Scandinavia. So if you like the quiet life and covid has given you a taste of what working and communicating remotely might look like, maybe have a look for a position managing one of these facilities – you’re unlikely to be disturbed!

By Josh Hamilton

Holiday Photos.png
The Backup.png
Disaster Plan.png
Viral Infection Wearabletech
Sofia Jaramillo
Augmented Reality in Architecture Augmented reality (AR) is a growing field of study and application in the world of architecture. This useful tool can help us visualize architectural designs by superimposing them onto real-world scenes ...
Harish Chauhan
Adopting a Multi-cloud Strategy Cloud has been in existence since 2006 when Amazon Web Service (AWS1) first announced its cloud services for enterprise customers. Two years later, Google launched App Engine, followed by Alibaba and ...
David Loo
The Long-term Costs of Data Debt It’s no secret that many of today’s enterprises are experiencing an extreme state of data overload. With the rapid adoption of new technologies to accommodate pandemic-induced shifts like remote ...
Smart Manufacturing Startups AI and machine learning's potential to drive greater visibility, control, and insight across shop floors while monitoring machines and processes in real-time continue to attract venture capital. $62 billion is now invested ...
Real-time Enterprise Software Data Enterprise software startups are capitalizing on real-time data to continually improve revenue, costs, cash flow, marketing, and sales as their business grows. The majority of software startup CEOs spoken with have ...
  • Plural Site


    Pluralsight provides online courses on popular programming languages and developer tools. Other courses cover fields such as IT security best practices, server infrastructure, and virtualization.

  • Isc2


    (ISC)² provides IT training, certifications, and exams that run online, on your premises, or in classrooms. Self-study resources are available. You can also train groups of 10 or more of your employees. If you want a job in cybersecurity, this is the route to take.

  • App Academy

    App Academy

    Immersive software engineering programs. No experience required. Pay $0 until you're hired. Join an online info session to learn more

  • Cybrary


    CYBRARY Open source Cyber Security learning. Free for everyone, forever. The world's largest cyber security community. Cybrary provides free IT training and paid IT certificates. Courses for beginners, intermediates, and advanced users are available.