In recent years, we’ve already seen significant changes in the way corporate IT leaders manage their businesses’ troves of data. As enterprises have grown and they’ve amassed larger and larger collections of information, they’ve had to find entirely new infrastructures to house them all. Even structures that seemed massive before, such as entire rooms full of servers, are now becoming obsolete. Everyone’s been forced to think bigger.
Much of the buzz in data governance this decade has been about the rise of the data center. Everyone needs a designated facility just for housing data these days, to some extent. Some large enterprises are building such structures solely to house their own, while other businesses on the smaller size are renting storage space with business partners that are able to help. In any event, a lot has changed in the last five years.
This raises the interesting question of how much more evolution may lie ahead in the next half-decade. If recent history is any indication, this area has never been stagnant. Companies are always looking for newer and more efficient strategies when it comes to managing their IT resources. We may soon see even more innovation.
According to Data Center Knowledge, future changes are fairly difficult to predict. Jack Pouchet, VP of marketing development at Emerson Network Power, is a close follower of emerging trends impacting the future of data centers, and he recently told the news source that it’s impossible to say what changes will hit the industry next.
“Show me an IT professional who can predict the exact timing, size, method and location for their next data center, and I will show you someone with a defective crystal ball,” Pouchet said. “That’s the nature of this industry.”
Pouchet noted that because the connected world is growing so quickly, rapid and unpredictable change is a foregone conclusion. He pointed out that “5 billion people that woke up today do not have daily access to the Internet” – which means that number will have to continue decreasing. As more and more people get connected, that means more data circulating around the business world, which inevitably means better storage resources are required.
Below is a look at three changes we may witness in the near future:
The exploration of “edge computing”
As data center connectivity has steadily increased in recent years, companies have gained the capability to track data on just about everything, from their budget processes to the energy consumption in their facilities. The rise of interconnectedness and the Internet of Things has changed the world. As such, we’re now witnessing the rise of “edge computing” – in other words, the ability to tap into real-time data from many disparate sources and make quicker, more intelligent business decisions than ever.
Increased emphasis on data security
As our reliance on data has increased, it’s become more important that companies take better care of it, protecting critical files from data breach and user error that might lead to them being lost or destroyed. This is now an essential ingredient in business continuity. If you want your company to continue making a steady profit, you need your employees to have constant, uninterrupted access to data.
More investment in colocation
A differentiator among business rivals in the near future will be the ability to manage data efficiently. If you’re spending more wisely than your competitors, you have a good chance to get ahead. For precisely this reason, it’s a good bet that colocation solutions will become more prominent in the near future. For a smart, economical way to curate your company’s data, there’s really no match for colo.