An Outlook on Upcoming Data Center Trends in 2015

Data centers being built all across the world are now being engineered to much higher standard than in years past. Experts say that data centers will trend in the direction of incorporating smarter designs while providing room to expand modularly as needed. Data centers in 2015 will host a more robust infrastructure while utilizing an energy efficient design that ultimately saves the data center operator on overhead costs such as electricity needed for cooling the systems.

Colocation: Coming to an Organization Near You

After crunching the numbers, many organizations large and small are beginning to see the cost savings associated with collocating their data center. Buying expensive equipment and setting it up onsite is beginning to lose its upside as organizations seek out methods that will transform an IT department’s capital expenses into operating expenses. As more enterprise applications find a home in the cloud, the need to keep systems onsite becomes less important. After weighing their options, organizations are starting to look at collocated solutions for their data center needs instead of building out infrastructure needed to host a data center onsite.

Automation: The Glue that Holds it All Together

Tasks commonly performed inside data centers are becoming more automated each year. 2015 is expected to be a banner year in terms of data center automation. Vendors such as Cisco, BMC and HP have all released data center automation products in the past few months and each of these solutions are designed to help perform routine data center tasks such as software defining your networking infrastructure, automatic deployment of virtual servers and much more. Automation products afford organizations the ability to perform complex tasks that data center managers would otherwise need to bring in contractors to do.

Data Center Footprints Will Get Smaller

With most things in life, bigger is usually better. When talking about an organization’s data center footprint, the aim is to always get smaller and only get bigger when absolutely necessary. This strategy not only ensures that the organization gets the most bang for their buck; a smaller data center footprint also means that there are less points of failure which helps bolster the overall integrity of the organization’s systems. Products such as OpenStack have begun changing the landscape in terms of how applications and IT services are delivered internally. Couple that fact with the rise in popularity of data center appliances and it becomes apparent that a smaller data center footprint will be a goal for many organizations in 2015.