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vXchnge 2019 Predictions: What's in Store for Data Centers in 2019?

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2019.  Read them in this 11th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Ernest Sampera, Chief Marketing Officer, vXchnge

What's in Store for Data Centers in 2019?

In 2018, compliance, physical and virtual security and cloud repatriation were among the data center trends. This coming year, our indications point to these five areas as among the leading trends we can expect to see:

Hybrid Cloud versus Traditional Cloud Growth

In the coming months, the percentage of hybrid cloud implementations will exceed that of traditional clouds. As many companies have learned, public cloud services have numerous benefits but also come with some drawbacks, including often escalating expenses and concerns over lack of control and privacy. More and more companies are addressing these issues by adopting a hybrid cloud approach that maximizes the benefits of both public and private cloud environments. That's because hybrid clouds are versatile and responsive in meeting IT and computing needs while also keeping costs in check and offering control, speed, scalability and security.

5G Will Come of Age

The amount of data being processed through data centers is driving the need for the increased reliability and connectivity, additional speed, vastly improved data transfer rates and massive bandwidth afforded by 5G. What 5G also will usher in is the probability of more edge-based, localized data centers that process data locally and only send some data to the cloud. That approach will reduce latency and promote the speeds people expect from 5G networks. This more distributed approach to data centers will have the greatest impact on people living in isolated areas, where efforts to bring reliable internet access consistently face challenges. It also is likely 5G will change how we build the data centers of the future. Just as other technologies, such as AI and streaming content, require more robust and expanded data centers, 5G likely will have a similar impact.

AI/Machine Language Solutions Use Will Grow

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions will become regular features in data centers and will help companies make predictions and decisions about everything from cooling requirements and equipment upgrades to storage load analysis, and equipment removal or relocation. Predictive analytics using statistical algorithms and AI-driven machine learning techniques will help analyze data gathered over time to anticipate future outcomes. While these techniques are not new, recent technological advancements have made them more cost effective and practical, so we are seeing more and more industries turning to AI-fueled predictive analytics to improve efficiencies, minimize waste, and reduce costs.

Compute Assets and their Role in Compliance Audits

In 2019, compute assets will become even more critical when reporting for compliance audits. With distributed environments and ever-increasing regulatory compliance in many industries, synchronizing data in locations that might range from an in-house data center to the cloud and external data center is crucial and it is a service more data centers are offering. Physical timestamping is also important, from the data center building egress points, to within the secure client cages within the data center, and even on compute assets. Maintaining compliance means re-evaluating existing systems and keeping up with innovation. Customer confidence and trust are other essential byproducts of compliance, as it often has a direct correlation to data security.

Data Center as a Service

Finally, 2019 is the year when we believe Data Center as a Service (DCaaS) will come of age. That's because the challenges of maintaining private IT infrastructures continue pushing organizations to consider alternative options, such as colocation data centers. But for smaller companies and start-ups that may not be quite ready to tackle a full colocation option, DCaaS provides a viable alternative, allowing companies to offload their IT infrastructure to a data center and lower their capital costs significantly. Moreover, DCaaS providers can ensure always-on uptime and physically and digitally secure, compliant environments. They also provide their clients with agile solutions, so they can scale their business up or down as their market dictates, and opportunities to explore hybrid cloud options to get the most out of their resources.

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About the Author

 

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 27 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 Friday, November 02, 2018 9:04 AM by David Marshall
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