Data Center Trends Facts and Statistics

2019-2020 Data Center Trends

  • 2020-2022 10% of IT organizations will be using using this serverless computing
  • AI will continue to grow 34% Year over year into 2020
  • Disaster recovery service demand grew 23% in 2019
  • The average tier 1-2 data center uses uses 24k miles of network cable
  • 2019 saw 562 Hyperscale data centers existing
  • AI is reducing the cooling costs which make up 40% of Data Center costs
  • 28% of cloud spending is focused on private cloud hosting

Technology advances at rapid rates, and this means that data servers are growing in ways that might have been unexpected even just a few years ago. When you start to look at some of the various trends that are making their way to data centers, you can see that there are some fundamental changes coming down the line. It’s about more than just the cloud and providing solid infrastructure. It is also about the future of that infrastructure, along with delivering new services that will make their customers happier and their data safer. Let’s look at some of the biggest trends that are coming in 2019 and beyond.

Serverless Computing

This is an interesting piece of technology that could become very important in the field of data servers and colocations. Rather than using hardware, this system makes use of the function platform as a service, which is a software architecture pattern. It will allow for rapid scaling, as well as more accurate billing that is reflective of actual usage. This type of technology is just now starting to come into the forefront, and it is likely that between 2020 and 2022, there will be around 10% of IT organizations using this serverless computing method. This could provide some big changes to the way that data colocation centers are operating.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence, also called AI, is not just science fiction, and it hasn’t been for some time. However, the AI that is starting to be used today is better than it has ever been, and it is only a matter of time before AI becomes used in data servers and other types of infrastructure. AI will be able to help with elements like failure recognition and predictive analysis. There is hope that it will allow for better control of data and infrastructure without the need to increase the actual number of staff members.

Improved Security

Security is just as important as it has always been, but the hackers and thieves out there who might like to cause havoc are not letting up anytime soon. Therefore, there needs to be constant vigilance when it comes to digital security and encryption for all of the data that is stored in data centers. This is true no matter where they might be located.

Physical security is important, as well. This includes ensuring that there is plenty of fire protection, as well as protection from thieves. Having protection from natural disasters is also important, and for these reasons, some companies have even started to create underground data centers. This can help to reduce the amount of risk and it can help to speed up data recovery in the face of a problem caused by a natural disaster.

Could Traditional Data Centers Disappear?

One of the questions that many people have when it comes to all of the new and advanced types of technology is whether data centers will be able to stay the course. The truth of the matter is that data centers are likely still going to be needed in one capacity or another, but their function might change somewhat. Rather than having their own server rooms and data centers on site, you are likely going to see more and more moving their operations to data centers that are offsite and/or in the cloud.

These are some of the potential trends that you are likely to see over the course of the next year or so. Of course, these are just some of the trends and changes that you are going to want to watch for.