Vertiv iden­ti­fies Top Five 2019 data cen­ter trends

Manila Times - - Sunday Business & I.t. -

THE edge of the net­work con­tin­ues to be the epi­cen­ter of in­no­va­tion in the data cen­ter space as the cal­en­dar turns to 2019, with ac­tiv­ity fo­cus­ing on in­creased in­tel­li­gence de­signed to sim­plify op­er­a­tions, en­able re­mote man­age­ment and ser­vice, and bridge a widen­ing skills gap. This in­creas­ing so­phis­ti­ca­tion of the edge is among the data cen­ter trends to watch in 2019 as iden­ti­fied by Vertiv ex­perts from around the globe.

“To­day’s edge plays a crit­i­cal role in data cen­ter and net­work op­er­a­tion and in the de­liv­ery of im­por­tant con­sumer ser­vices,” said Rob John­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive at Vertiv. “This is a dra­matic and fun­da­men­tal change to the way we think about com­put­ing and data man­age­ment. It should come as no sur­prise that ac­tiv­ity in the data cen­ter space in 2019 will be fo­cused squarely on in­no­va­tion at the edge.”

Sim­pli­fy­ing the edge:

smarter, the net­work is con­verg­ing with broader in­dus­try and con­sumer trends, in­clud­ing the In­ter­net of Things (IoT) and the loom­ing roll­out of 5G net­works, to drive pow­er­ful, low-la­tency com­put­ing closer to the end-user.

For many busi­nesses, the edge has be­come the most mis­sion crit­i­cal part of their dig­i­tal ecosys­tem. In­tel­li­gent in­fra­struc­ture sys­tems with machine learn­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties work­ing in tan­dem with cloud-based an­a­lyt­ics are fun­da­men­tally chang­ing the way we think about edge com­put­ing and edge ser­vices. The re­sult will be a more ro-

en­hanced vis­i­bil­ity and self-heal­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties re­quir­ing lim­ited ac­tive man­age­ment.

a work­force ag­ing into re­tire­ment and train­ing pro­grams lag­ging be­hind the data cen­ter

chal­lenges for data cen­ters around the globe. This will trig­ger par­al­lel ac­tions in 2019. First, or­ga­ni­za­tions will be­gin to change the way they hire data cen­ter per­son­nel, mov­ing away from tra­di­tional train­ing pro­grams to­ward more

eye to­ward the edge. More train­ing will hap­pen in-house. And sec­ond, busi­nesses will turn to in­tel­li­gent sys­tems and machine learn­ing to sim­plify op­er­a­tions, pre­serve in­sti­tu­tional knowl­edge, and en­able more pre­dic­tive

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new bat­tery al­ter­na­tives will present op­por­tu­ni­ties for the broad adop­tion of UPS sys­tems ca­pa­ble of more el­e­gant in­ter­ac­tions with the grid. In the short term, this will man­i­fest in load man­age­ment and peak shav­ing fea­tures. Even­tu­ally, we will see or­ga­ni­za­tions us­ing some of the stored en­ergy in their UPS sys­tems to help the util­ity op­er­ate the elec­tric grid. The static stor­age of all of that en­ergy has long been seen as a rev­enue-gen­er­a­tor wait­ing to hap­pen. We are mov­ing closer to main­stream ap­pli­ca­tions.

the data cen­ter, even in the age of mod­u­lar and pre­fab­ri­cated de­sign, re­mains far too

- dard­iza­tion of equip­ment. How­ever, there is in­ter­est on two fronts: stan­dard­iza­tion of equip­ment com­po­nents and nor­mal­iza­tion across data cen­ter builds. The lat­ter is man­i­fest­ing in the use of con­sis­tent ar­chi­tec­tures and equip­ment types, with re­gional dif­fer­ences, to keep sys­tems sim­ple and costs down. In both cases, the goal is to re­duce equip­ment costs, shorten de­liv­ery and de­ploy­ment time­lines, and sim­plify ser­vice and main­te­nance.

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as pro­ces­sor uti­liza­tion rates in­crease to run ad­vanced ap­pli­ca­tions such as fa­cial recog­ni­tion or ad­vanced data an­a­lyt­ics, high­power pro­ces­sors cre­ate a need for in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to ther­mal man­age­ment. Di­rect liq­uid cool­ing at the chip — mean­ing the pro­ces­sor or other com­po­nents are par­tially or fully im­mersed in a liq­uid for heat dis­si­pa­tion — is be­com­ing a vi­able so­lu­tion. Al­though most com­monly used in high-per­for­mance com­put­ing con­fig­u­ra­tions, the ben­e­fits — in­clud­ing bet­ter server per­for­mance,

and re­duced cool­ing costs — jus­tify ad­di­tional con­sid­er­a­tion. An­other area of in­no­va­tion in ther­mal man­age­ment is ex­treme wa­ter-free cool­ing, which is an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional chilled wa­ter.

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