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Data Center Outlook 2019: What trends are on the horizon?

January 14, 2019

Data Center Outlook 2019: What trends are on the horizon?
Last year, cloud and the edge were the big news—and, of course, so was security.
 
This year, the focus is on smarter infrastructure, workload rationalization and as-a-service procurement, according to IDC.
 
The need for data center modernization has never been more pressing, with today’s technology far more advanced and efficient than the facilities that house them. IDC predicts that by the end of next year, 55% of enterprises will need to upgrade their existing facilities—or deploy new ones—just to keep pace with operational demands.
Another prediction is that by the end of 2019, companies will migrate more than 50%
of their data center and edge locations to a software-defined model—with an emphasis on consumption-based procurement to achieve greater agility and cost transparency.
 
More hybrid clouds and 5G
As more companies come to recognize the drawback of public cloud services—most notably the lack of control and privacy and the runaway costs—they’re adopting a hybrid cloud approach and taking advantage of the benefits of both public and private cloud environments.
 
And with constantly increasing amounts of data being processed through data centers, there’s a greater demand than ever for the additional speed, improved data transfer rates and massive bandwidth that 5G provides. This will lead to more edge-based, localized data centers that process data locally and only send certain data to the cloud. 5G will no doubt impact how the data centers of the future will look and function.
 
A growing dependence on AI and machine learning
Companies in a broad range of industries are increasingly attracted to AI-powered analytics to improve efficiencies, minimize waste and reduce costs. So we’ll be seeing AI and machine learning solutions more prevalent in data centers—being employed for predictive analytics on a host of issues, including assessing cooling requirements and which equipment should be removed or relocated.
Data center as a service (DCaaS) will be more widely accepted too. With the challenges of maintaining private IT infrastructures more demanding than ever, companies are looking for new approaches. While colocation data centers may be viable for larger enterprises, DCaaS offers a sensible alternative for SMBs and startups—allowing them to lower their capital costs and not have to deal with the constant headaches of maintaining infrastructures.
As data centers continue to adjust to business’ increasing dependence on data, 2019 could prove to be a pivotal year. Be prepared to help those customers who are looking at transition.