Smart Data Center Technologies Enable Improved Decision-Making

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Smart technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) contribute valuable insights to businesses through automation tools and improved decision-making capabilities. However, proper preparation for the implementation of smart technologies, especially in colocation and the Internet of Things (IoT), is necessary for organizations to transition effectively from legacy systems, according to TechTarget.

Colocation Opportunities

Although certain smart technology, such as augmented reality (AR), is not yet available in the data center, providers can differentiate their services by preparing to make use of new colocation market trends and appease customers with more sophisticated offerings.

“Beyond saying, ‘This is your empty space where you can plug things in,’ [colocation customers] are looking for more advanced services,” said Jennifer Cooke, a research director at IDC, according to TechTarget. “As people come to grips with the fact that the data center is not their home data center but a collection of resources, that’s when the tools are especially valuable.”

Allied Market Research indicates that by 2020, the colocation market will reach $51.8 billion, registering a compound annual growth rate of 12.4 percent from 2015 through 2020.

IoT Requirements

IT administrators also increasingly require additional remote-control resources that smart data centers extend to process large amounts of data inherent to IoT.

“By 2019, organizations will process 43 percent of their IoT data on hardware that rests on the edge of a network,” TechTarget also reports.

To meet these needs better, remote data center managers can use data infrastructure management tools or solutions with mobile technology to gain visibility and central management.

“If you think of the data center itself, it’s almost like a little IoT ecosystem,” said Cooke, according to the source. “You’re generating a lot of data and trying to make sense of it — it’s kind of like a test bed for IoT readiness, in a way.”

IT Must Prepare for Implementation

IDC research shows there is a gap between IT infrastructure and facilities as software-defined technologies and the adoption of converged infrastructure increases, and many businesses are still ill-prepared to make a smooth infrastructure transition as a result, TechTarget reports.

“In a way, IT is like that kid: ‘Just plug it in, the utility will be there,'” said Cooke, according to the source. “But they don’t consider how they might shut down the other half of the room, or there’s just not enough power to support [the transition to new infrastructure].”

For instance, due to the increased power requirement for converged infrastructure, 83 percent of businesses needed to upgrade their cooling and power infrastructure simply in order to deploy it. Additionally, 30 percent of businesses that attempted the transition experienced deployment delays due to power constraints, according to the source.

However, as TechTarget suggests, smarter technologies, such as remote visibility and real-time analytics, can help bridge this gap and enable businesses to make a smoother transition.

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Kelley Katsanos

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Kelley Katsanos is a freelance writer specializing in business and technology. She has previously worked in business roles involving marketing analysis and competitive intelligence. Her freelance work appears at IBM Midsize Insider, Houston Chronicle's chron.com, and AZ Central Small Business. Katsanos earned a Master of Science in Information Management from Arizona State University as well as a bachelor's degree in Business with an emphasis in marketing. Her interests include information security, marketing strategy, and business process improvement.