Emerson Network Power identifies: 5 important data center trends for 2016

Breda, November 5, 2015 - Emerson Network Power, part of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a global leader in the development of business-critical infrastructure technologies for ICT systems, identifies five data center trends for 2016. "Despite the fact that many companies do not dare to invest IT investments for the long term because of the fluctuating economy, the world of data centers is changing rapidly", says Lal Karsanbhai, Emerson Network Power's CEO in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Breda, November 5, 2015 - Emerson Network Power, part of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a global leader in the development of business-critical infrastructure technologies for ICT systems, identifies five data center trends for 2016.

"Despite the fact that many companies do not dare to invest IT investments for the long term because of the fluctuating economy, the world of data centers is changing rapidly", says Lal Karsanbhai, Emerson Network Power's CEO in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "Our industry continually innovates and regularly introduces new technologies - a trend that will continue next year."

Here are five trends that will change the world of data centers in 2016 and beyond:

  1. The cloud is complicated
    Most companies and organizations now use the cloud to a greater or lesser extent. The development of SaaS into real hybrid environments in which cloud services are used to create more flexibility in existing systems, will continue. More organizations are switching to a bimodal architecture. However, instead of stabilizing, the cloud can also become more complex. The latest research on the use of servers, conducted by Jonathan Koomey of Stanford University and Jon Taylor of the Anthesis Group, shows that corporate data center servers still only use five to fifteen percent of their maximum computing power per year. In addition, thirty percent of the servers are 'comatose'. This means that they have not processed data for at least six months. The drive to detect and remove more comatose servers continues to become more popular and is an essential step in regulating energy consumption. However, the potential of the unused capacity of data centers to be part of a shared cloud service will also be explored. This enables data centers of companies to sell their capacity surplus on the free market.
  2. Architecture surpasses technology
    Although datacenter technology plays an important role in ensuring efficiency and availability, data center operators focus less on technology and more on the architecture in which these technologies are implemented. "Our customers ask us to develop a custom-made architecture that suits their specific needs and environment. They no longer automatically look at traditional technology. They understand that a system that is tailor-made and meets their requirements in the long term brings more benefits, such as higher availability, more efficiency and more cost savings, "says Franco Costa, vice president and general manager of Power Systems at Emerson Network Power Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  3. Data centers are given a common language
    The Internet of Things (IoT) not only influences the future data center architecture due to the increase of data to be processed, but also brings about a change in the management of data centers. The current datacenters consist of thousands of devices that speak a multitude of languages, including IPMI, SNMP and Mod Bus. This creates barriers between systems, leading to restrictions on central management. These limitations are a thing of the past when Redfish, a standard for datacenter and system management of open systems developed by Emerson Network Power, Intel, Dell and HP, is gaining ground. Redfish creates connectivity between data center systems, enabling new transparency, management and automation levels. This adjustment also helps to implement the best solutions for effective use of IoT in other programs.
  4. Social responsibility is valid
    Efficiency has been high on the agenda since at least 2007, but for the most part the focus was on the financial side. Now, with initiatives such as the European directive on energy efficiency that sets binding measures to achieve the goals of twenty percent energy efficiency in 2020, some companies shift their focus from efficiency to sustainability and view their data centers from a social point of view. Data center activities, including CO 2 footprint, the use of alternative energy and removal of devices are now part of corporate statements about corporate responsibility. This way they create a higher pressure to make progress in these areas. The impact of this trend will not be limited to technology decisions within the company itself. To be significant, reports must describe the entire ecosystem of a data center, including co-location and cloud providers. As this use grows, sustainability becomes just as important for a well-performing data center as availability and safety.
  5. The local data center is coming
    The growth in the use of digital content and the collection of data is a challenge for the centralized data center model. While large data centers remain responsible for most of the processing, they are increasingly receiving support from supporting facilities, ie local data centers. These ensure fast availability of content and programs for users or data processing and logic for IoT networks. These micro data centers, which operate as satellites for a central data center, are growing rapidly on company campuses and in densely populated areas. Their success depends on the use of standardized, smart systems that can be managed remotely.

"Factors such as sustainability and speed continue to affect the data center market in 2016, " adds Karsanbhai. "In 2016, we will also witness a larger number of organizations that understand what investment in new equipment can mean for their overall business operations, such as better insight into data and the ability to provide better service to their customers."