2020 Data Centre Trends to witness surge in Hybrid Computing Models

With the new year and the simultaneous changes, companies will actively give up the enterprise-or-cloud debate which in recent years has dominated C-level conversations in favour of hybrid architectures which incorporate private and public cloud models as well as edge assets around a reconfigured core. This growing approach to computing resources and managing data is one of the five emerging data centre trends of 2020 identified by experts from a global provider of IT infrastructure and continuity solutions, Vertiv.

The organizations will be allowed through these trending hybrid architectures to maintain control of sensitive data while still fulfilling soaring demands for increased computing capabilities and more capacity closer to the consumer. With the new data ecosystem having connectivity and availability as conjoined concepts, an increasing premium has the possibility to be placed on seamless communication beginning from core to cloud to edge.

Rob Johnson, CEO at Vertiv reportedly stated that a new equilibrium is evolving in the data centre space simultaneously with the industry tackling capacity challenges as well as advanced applications which are pushing significant changes to data centres of all sizes and shapes. Along with all this, the deployment speed is also turning into a tipping point in technology decisions and will supposedly shape innovation and investment in the space as we enter the new year. This will have its manifestation in multiple ways but the message to data centre equipment providers remains clear which is The status quo is unacceptable.

Further detail on hybrid computing and certain other trends acknowledged by experts at Vertiv are mentioned below:

  1. Hybrid architectures go mainstream:As cloud computing continues to become an inevitable part of most of the company’s IT strategy, certain changes in strategies are being noticed with organizations seeking to tailor their IT mix as well as them spending to the requirements of their applications. With more examples of these hybrid architectures, it becomes clearer that the enterprise data centre remains alive and of course, even if its role changes to showcase a mix which best serves modern organizations.
  2. Speed of deployment as the new arms race:With the capabilities across systems and technology flattening out, data centre as well as IT managers will gradually turn to other criteria in order to select equipment. Though cost still being a separator, yet the decisions will more and more depend on the fact that how quick the assets can get deployed. In times when other factors are shut, an advantage in speed of deployment and activation has the chance to become the determining factor. This is even more true because computing goes on to migrate to the edge in the distributed networks of today where delays in deliveries means lack of service as well as revenue.
  3. Average rack density remains static … but: Whereas average rack density is expected to show marginal increases at best, the hights in advanced applications as well as workloads in regards with AI, such as deep learning and machine learnings will result in pockets of high-performance computing more common and necessary. Certain et Vertiv have anticipated early activity in this space in the fields of advanced analytics, defence and manufacturing in 2020, laying the foundation for a broader adoption in 2021 and even beyond. So far, these racks portray a miniscule percentage of total racks, but nevertheless, they can present cooling challenges and unfamiliar power which must be addressed. An answer to the high-performance computing demands is the increasing interest in direct liquid cooling.
  4. Batteries pay it forward: VertivExperts in 2016 had predicted that lithium -ion batteries would start to find a home in the data centre and that prediction has somehow proven to be true because today lithium-ion holds a remarkable share of the UPS battery market. That share also is gradually growing and beginning to extend to edge sites where reduced maintenance as well as the smaller footprint are a natural fit. The next step of course become leveraging the flexibility of lithium-ion as well as some other emerging alternatives of batteries suchas thin plate pure lead (TPPL) for offsetting their costs. With this slight shift in the new year, more companies will begin to sell the stored energy in batteries of this sort to help with peak shaving and grid stabilization. This has been expected as a major part of larger conversations in terms of sustainability in the data centre industry.
  5. Global cross-pollination: The United States, specially Silicon Valley has always been the centre of the digital universe as well as this generation of data centre development but if innovation is considered, it happens almost everywhere. Similar digital ecosystem with certain differences is also evolving in China. Data centres across Asia, Europe and certain South-Pacific markets such as New Zealand, Australia and Singapore are also emerging and diverging from old practices based on particular regional issues in regards with data privacy, controls and sustainability.

Sunil Khanna, President and MD at Vertiv recently stated that new technologies are more likely to change business processes as digitization is being rapidly accepted by India. Technologies according to him will generate great value and an unexpected amount of data and all of it must be stored, analysed and transferred, resulting into more demands of data centres in even more locations. The evolve in technologies gives rise to the evolve of data centres both in terms of operation as well as application. 2020 is likely to witness more in terms of technology as well as data centres.

An announcement made by the company last month suggests that it is on its way to become publicly traded company through a collaboration with GS Acquisition Holdings Corp (NYSE: GSAH, GSAH.U, GSAH WS). The transaction is likely to close VRT.

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