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Future Data Centers

(Jungfrau, Switzerland - Alvin Wei-Cheng Wong)


Next Generation Data Centers


- Data Centers Are Evolving

Data centers have been evolving since the day they became a part of our world, from mainframe, to client/server, to virtualization and to cloud and beyond. Now data centers are evolving even further, as businesses move more of their data and applications to cloud-based systems. 

Data centers are an integral part of life, providing services ranging from social networking, e-commerce and entertainment to cloud infrastructures that provide storage and computing capabilities for individuals and enterprises. Data centers have proliferated in recent years - there are now (year 2020) more than 7,500 around the globe, with 2,600 packed into the top 20 global cities alone. And in this cloud-based, web-scale world, access to that data is a critical challenge.

5G wireless is coming, it will bring faster and denser streams of data, a trend that is likely to drive demand for more data center capacity. The 5G transition has taken center stage in the data center world, 5G will be a big enabler for data centers. As with every new generation of mobile technology, 5G has had a lot of hype, speculation and even detractors, but now that it is actually being rolled out there is excitement at what 5G could enable. from autonomous vehicles, smart cities, remote surgeries, and mixed reality applications, this is really the start of a new wave of what is possible.


- Cloud + Data Center Transformation

The main difference between a cloud and a data center is that a cloud is an off-premise form of computing that stores data on the Internet, whereas a data center refers to on-premise hardware that stores data within an organization's local network. While cloud services are outsourced to third-party cloud providers who perform all updates and ongoing maintenance, data centers are typically run by an in-house IT department.  

Although both types of computing systems can store data, as a physical unit, only a data center can store servers and other equipment. As such, cloud service providers use data centers to house cloud services and cloud-based resources. For cloud-hosting purposes, vendors also often own multiple data centers in several geographic locations to safeguard data availability during outages and other data center failures.

Cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, without direct active management by the user. The term is generally used to describe data centers available to many users over the Internet. Cloud computing has become the ideal way to deliver enterprise applications—and the preferred solution for companies extending their infrastructure or launching new innovations.

The use of cloud computing services and applications continues to increase at a rapid rate, leading to the rise of vast 'hyperscale' cloud data centers. Both consumer and business applications are contributing to the growing dominance of cloud services.


- Cloud Data Center

A cloud Data Center is significantly different from a traditional Data Center; there is nothing similar between these two computing systems other than the fact that they both store data. A cloud Data Center is not physically located in a particular organization’s office – it’s all online. When your data is stored on cloud servers, it automatically gets fragmented and duplicated across various locations for secure storage. In case there are any failures, your cloud services provider will make sure that there is a backup of your backup as well!

Next-generation data centers deliver a hybrid environment that allows private and public clouds to operate seamlessly with each other and traditional systems. Since they are software-defined, IT resources are orchestrated dynamically and can react to application demands in real-time.



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