Matthew Ashe
Matthew Ashe Executive Head: Data Centres

Believe it or not, we’re already into the second half of the last quarter of 2016. And, even though it might seem like just yesterday that the year started, it’s time to take a look back at what’s happened in 2016 and make some predictions as to what we can expect from 2017.

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In this blog, let’s take a look at the four top data centre trends of 2017 and what they could mean for your business.

  • Enterprise-defined data centres

The principle behind enterprise-defined data centres is that infrastructure and operations requirements should be defined by the key requirements of the business, and not the other way around. Practically speaking, this means that a business’s data centre solution should be tailored to meet its business objectives. Enterprise data centre methodology is about bringing together the most beneficial combination of resources, both traditional and next-generation, in order to deliver business services with as little wastage as possible. There’s nothing physically different about enterprise-defined data centres - instead, it’s a fundamentally different way of approaching the way we think about selecting a data centre for an organisation.

  • Data Centre Colocation

Cloud solutions have become increasingly prevalent both at home and in the office, and the dramatic savings they bring to the table - both in terms of cost and operations - means that this trend isn’t likely to go anywhere anytime soon. Consequently, the number of organisations outsourcing their data and infrastructure needs to data centres is on the increase, which presents new opportunities for businesses looking to get the most value from their data centre solutions. Colocation data centres used to be popular for disaster recovery purposes, but they’re increasingly being used as part of cloud solutions due to the potential cost savings and flexibility they offer. Bear in mind that you’ll need to carefully consider your data centre requirements before selecting a partner, as some data centres may be better than others in catering to your unique needs.

  • Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) systems

For all the benefits that a data centre brings, it’s worth little if you aren’t monitoring your environment and using the data to inform your decisions. Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) systems provide you with an in-depth look at what goes on in your data centre in real-time. Good DCIM systems include a dashboard, which presents all the most useful data to the user in an easy-to-read visual format, helping you to gain a detailed understanding of the way data moves in your environment. DCIM systems aren’t just useful for monitoring your usage - they’re an invaluable tool for forecasting future demand or predicting disasters before they happen.

  • Open source hardware

As flexibility and agility have become increasingly important data considerations, anything that makes it easier for organisations to scale their infrastructure on-the-fly is a valuable asset. Open source software has already made its presence felt in many industries, and today many organisations use open source tools for a huge number of different tasks thanks to its potential for cost saving and ease of use. Now, the trend is extending to physical hardware too. Arguably, this is a trend that has been underway for a long time already, but it’s taking on new dimensions today - like we’re able to pick and choose hardware components for our IT solutions today, in a few years time we might be doing the same on a chip level - just imagine the results of using hardware that is perfectly tailored to your company’s needs down to the most granular level.

The future of data centre technology is an exciting place to be, and it will be interesting to see where we are by the end of 2017. Until then, keep an eye on our blog for more technology trends, or download our free brochure to find out more about our data centre solutions.

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