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vXchnge 2018 Predictions: What's in Store for Data Centers in 2018?

VMblog Predictions 2018

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2018.  Read them in this 10th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Ernest Sampera, Chief Marketing Officer, vXchnge

What's in Store for Data Centers in 2018?

While 2017 was the year when many companies large and small made the decision to use collocated data center services, it's those very companies that are now driving what we anticipate will be the top 5 trends for data centers in 2018:

Cloud Repatriation to Climb

The question of public versus private cloud for many companies in 2018 will be answered by "private." Studies by analysts, including 451 Research, show cloud repatriation is on the rise. Why? Many companies that bought into the public cloud have seen their costs skyrocket and in doing the math they realize that even with hardware costs and other costs, such as cooling, it is still more cost effective to host their own cloud. And for others, it's simply about processing their data closer to home. In many cases, the best solution is still a mix of public and private clouds: process the most time-sensitive data close to home and on the network's edge, and then work out a financially reasonable deal with a cloud provider for the less-critical data.

Multitenant Colocation Data Centers: The New Server for IoT

Next year, we can expect to see multitenant colocation data centers gaining more supporters from the world of the Internet of Things (IoT). While organizations have spent a lot of time optimizing their physical architectures and physical resources, the real focus, of course, must be data. Not surprisingly, as data is generated in the farthest reaches of the network, more companies are thinking about whether they can afford to keep their data centralized or whether it makes more sense to process the data closer to the source. The problem is, not everyone has data centers at the edges of their networks, so collocated data centers close to the source of the data and the workloads are a good and viable solution.

Compliance, Compliance, Compliance and Colocation

Regulatory requirements and business governance are not going away, and, in fact, are growing in numbers and complexity as regulators scramble to ensure data privacy for consumers and businesses. Keeping up with all of it - particularly in industries such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, retail and financial industries -- is a chore that many on-site IT departments simply do not have the time to handle. In 2018, we can expect to see more companies working with collocated data centers that get high marks for their compliance and risk profiles - pushing the burden of staying on top of compliance rules onto the colocation center's employees and significantly reducing their risk of non-compliance and saving money in the process.

Tools for Business Intelligence

When companies employ off-site data and colocation centers, it doesn't mean they no longer need insights into the physical state of their equipment. In fact, the opposite is true. In 2018, we can expect to see more data center providers offering solutions that let them view and monitor - in real-time via a dashboard - stats on everything from energy use, data throughput, machine health and more so they can act on the data and make adjustments or repairs as needed with no downtime.

Physical Security Innovations

Gone are the days when private cages within a data center were considered "good enough."  The trend for ultra-secure colocation facilities continues to grow. For 2018, expect to see additional use of innovative physical security solutions, such as multi-factor authentication and biometric solutions to access buildings, 24-hour on-site access with security personnel, RFID tags on every piece of equipment and rack, quality cameras recording access points, well-lit spaces inside and out, and even data and hardware disposal solutions.

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About the Author

Ernest Sampera 

Ernest Sampera, Chief Marketing Officer

Ernest Sampera is the Chief Marketing Officer at vXchnge, where he is responsible for product marketing, corporate communications and business development. Mr. Sampera has more than 26 years' experience in marketing, sales, distribution channels, program management, strategic alliances/business development, and financial management. Prior to vXchnge, he served in senior executive and marketing positions at Switch & Data, AT&T Business Services, IBM, UNISYS, and the American Medical Association.

Published Tuesday, January 02, 2018 7:35 AM by David Marshall
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