Data Centres and the art of accelerated value

Data Centres and the art of accelerated value

Executive summary
2020 needs to be the time for cultural shifts driven by technology; and investment in new network technologies is only a part of the whole answer. While we see disruptive trends in technology, big and small, design-led innovations will drive these changes. This paper highlights the paradigm shifts in design and execution philosophies which will redefine the data centre ecosystem

Data Centres – An ever evolving playing field
Data centres are at the core of technological disruption. They have been ever serving the critical role of capacity enabler for enterprises. Right from the mainframe to cloud and captive to colocation, DC ecosystem has evolved massively over the decades.

The entire data centre value chain is now shifting, thanks to consolidation, cost control, and cloud support. Now there are various models data centres are operating on including captive, colocation, private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud, hyperscale, edge computing, subscription and capacity on-demand, serverless computing, and virtualization.
But is it the end state for data centres or do they still have a long way to go?

We need Super Competent Data Centres for Cloud 2.0.
The following imperatives will pave the way for this to become a reality.

Maximise and Optimise:- The classic scalability challenge today is to maximise white space and gray space in the data centres, while optimising costs. Often, enterprises end up overbuying the capacity to meet up for future shortage. In turn, they get stuck paying for costly, unused capacity and the real estate to house it. Alternatively, there are chances that if they do not purchase enough capacity, their servers could go down if website traffic becomes overwhelming (consider a customer-facing business on Black Friday)… Simultaneously, there is a need to maximize white space and gray space while optimizing cost.

Thrust on going greener:- In data centre operations, 50% of the energy is utilized in running the infrastructure — UPS, power, and cooling — while the other half is utilized to drive the data. Massive power consumed for servers’ management (electricity and cooling etc.) is a major pain point for data centres as it not only strains OpEx but also adds to the carbon footprint. According to IEA, global data centre electricity demand in 2018 was estimated at almost 1% of the global final demand for electricity.Hence the go greener imperative is more than obvious.