At Server Room Environments we see a growing importance for on-site server rooms, even with more businesses turning to Cloud based services. What’s driving the demand for on-site IT facilities is the need to prepare for the Internet of Things, Edge Computing and the level of critical infrastructure that organisations will need soon.
It’s important to remember that a datacentre is a managed building dedicated to the provision of sever-based services whether it is an Enterprise datacentre or a Colo (Co-location) one. We believe that the shift in the datacentre market globally will be towards mega-sized datacentres which will provide many of the cloud-based services we will rely on day-to-day. These can already be provided by Amazon AWS, Google and Microsoft Azure with new players like Huawei posing a real threat to the established players. Competition amongst mega-sized datacentres and their scale provision will lead to ever falling prices for cloud services. At the same time more and more devices will become internet enabled.
Worldwide, by 2030 there could be over 30 billion connected Internet of Things (IoT) including Industry 4.0 or Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices (https://www.statista.com/statistics/471264/iot-number-of-connected-devices-worldwide). Whilst these will connect via the Cloud to mega-sized datacentres, the local environment must be able to provide secure data processing and network communications. More sophisticated network closets, computer rooms and server rooms will continue to evolve to meet this demand as will micro-datacentres serving Edge computing applications. One only has think about self-driving electric vehicles to consider the number and frequency of internet connections that will be required for auto-pilots to function safely.
So, should an organisation prepare its on-site server facilities? Here we provide our checklist which is general in its approach.
Whilst not comprehensive by any means our server room design checklist provides areas for consideration when it comes to future-proofing. If you would prefer a site-specific review and consultation, please ask us for a site survey. We provide surveys free of charge in the UK if we can schedule the visit request date easily into the diaries of our project managers. Alternatively, we are always available for consultative call or webinar type meeting.
As confidence has increased in Cloud-based operations, many organisations in the private and public sectors are outsourcing some of their services and facilities. The typical providers of these Cloud-based services include colocation and enterprise datacentres some of which are in the hyperscale-size range. Those services and facilities that are not outsourced remain in-house and are run from on-site server rooms.
Through out the UK server rooms and datacentres face unprecedented pressures related to energy usage. The first issue is one of securing a reliable power supply and the second is one of how to use power most efficiently within the computing environment.