Entering into a new decade, brings new key trends across cloud data centres, servers and network connectivity, shaping the server market from the cloud as well as the edge. With these trends brings the ability for organisations to preserve the control of sensitive data whilst managing soaring demands regarding capacity as well as consumer computing capabilities.

 

Investments will continue to be added into the public cloud data services in the new decade as data centres persist. Cloud data centres will continue to scale up, enhance efficiencies and generate more transformative services as a result. The concepts of connectivity and accessibility are significant players within the data driven segment, with a focus on seamless communication from the core, the cloud and the edge perspectives.

 

The following are current 2020 trends within the cloud data centre, servers and network connectivity:

 

Cloud Consolidation

Major public cloud networks including Microsoft, Google Cloud, AWS and many more will continue to gain their shares as both small and large enterprises continue to drive the cloud. Public cloud networks will experience small clouds and enterprises transfer over their information technology infrastructure, for the purpose of gaining greater elasticity, features, security frameworks and value propositions. 

 

Rise of Edge Computing

Edge computing has the potential to drive IT investments through new cases emerging and its ability to potentially impact the balance between cloud service providers, telecom service providers as well as equipment vendors. Edge computing involves managing computing applications, data and services and transferring it into logical networks from centralized nodes. Cloud service providers are expected to react internal and external to edge computing through expanding infrastructure within the network via associations or acquisitions.  

 

Evolution of Server Architecture

Data centres will continue to endeavour for greater workloads containing less servers to work towards minimising their power consumption and impacts. Storage will be readjusted to server and software architectures to lessen demand of external storage solutions. Servers will increasingly work towards generating greater complexity and a competitive price point. Server price points are showing indicators of high-end processor, software architectures, techniques, accelerated chips and many more factors which will contribute to the enhanced server price point.

 

Speed of deployment

With systems flattening out and technologies potentially enhancing, it can be expected to see data centres and managers seek a new criterion when selecting equipment. The decision will come down to how efficiently assets will be deployed and whether they will be cost effective.

 

Hybrid Architectures

Cloud computing is expected to play a significant position within most organisations’ information technology strategies. With this, there is a trend in where organisations are altering their strategies to further tailor their information technology and price points to that of applications. Following the increase of hybrid architectures, it is made clear that the enterprise data driven centre is operating very effectively.

 

 

Software-defined Data Centres

Data driven centres are becoming progressively virtualized. Software defined architectures will continue to be employed for the purpose of driving greater levels of virtualization. Enhanced resourced pooling will be enabled as the disaggregation of many compute nodes continue to gradually enhance, in return generating a greater utilization. With this information, technology vendors will continuously generate hybrid solutions to increase their offerings whilst crafting a cloud experience that will continue to be of relevance.

 

Average rack density

With the rack density associated with marginal increases, the surge of advanced applications and data related to artificial intelligence will generate areas of high-performance computing. Machine learning and deep learning will help drive the necessary computing with advanced applications. The racks currently indicate unfamiliar power and cooling changes are required to be further addressed and optimised. The growing interest in direct liquid cooling is in response to high performing computing demands being met.  

 

Batteries pay it forward

Lithium-ion batteries hold a significant position in the shares of the UPS battery market. Their share is continually growing as it even extends through to edge sites, involving lessened footprints and maintenance necessary for a natural fit. As we enter the new decade we are expecting to see more and more businesses selling these batteries with the stored energy to drive grid stabilization and lead to sustainability within the industry.

 

 

This coming decade will see progressive changes as a result of these key cloud data centre, service and network connectivity trends with the increasing demand in cloud computing driving digital class, artificial intelligence and software data driven centres. 

 

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Fiber Pro at VIAVI Solutions, the world leading provider of Network and Service Enablement.

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