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Cloud Computing and the Data Center's Future

Data center design has been influenced by a number of factors over the years, from power and cooling needs to the greening of the data center, today’s configuration looks a lot different than it did 20 years ago. While many of these trends have been somewhat optional for data center managers, the fact of the matter is that there is one trend that’s steamrolling through IT right now and that is going to leave its inevitable mark on the data center, whether today’s data center managers want it to or not. We’re talking, of course, about cloud computing.

So, how is cloud computing going to change the data center? It’s hard to predict the future, of course, but we can make some educated guesses. For example, it’s likely that data centers in the enterprise will begin to work more with hosting of the private cloud, which will require an infrastructure retooling. Data center networks, for example, will have a hard time keeping up with server-to-server traffic while still pushing through virtualized servers. Infrastructure will also change in that there will be greater numbers of cores per square foot, and they’ll bring with them cooling, power and management needs.

Colocated and commercial data centers are experiencing change, as well. They are making these kinds of infrastructure adjustments, largely because they need to be able to host the public clouds. Some data centers will hold only a portion of the larger public clouds, which are likely to be spread across the globe in very diverse data centers.

Consolidation is one of the obvious coming trends for the data center. Most data centers are going to have to consolidate if they’re going to continue. Some commercial ones will be subsumed by cloud providers, and will have to be revamped for the move to the cloud.

One thing that’s sure is that the data center isn’t dead or dying, not by a long shot. However, the rise of cloud computing puts severe pressure on the data center to become both more effective and more efficient, which probably something that should have happened long ago.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.