Every company strives to ensure that its IT infrastructure and data are secure. And data centers need to do everything they can to support these efforts on the part of their tenants. There are two additional dimensions of security that data center operators in particular need to lock down: physical security and logical security.
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As demands for performance and capacity have increased, the data center has changed. And central to that change is interconnection between the tenants in the data center. In essence, the interconnected data center looks less like an apartment building filled with strangers, and more like an ecosystem whose inhabitants depend on and interact with each other. Indeed, it is the interconnectedness of this ecosystem that makes it so valuable.
Conventional data center cooling methods simply won’t hold up under the processing demands of AI, 5G wireless, Internet of Things (IoT), and the rise of Smart Cities. Promising new cooling methods will be needed not only to ensure that data centers can keep up with data processing demands but also to make data centers ever more sustainable.
Data centers today process ever larger, more complex volumes of data. Hybrid cloud, 5G wireless, the internet of things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI)-based applications are pushing traditional data center capabilities to their limits. Data centers require agility and intelligence to effectively manage these increasing demands and workloads.
According to the 2018 IDG Cloud Computing Study, 73% of organizations have at least one application in the cloud, and 76% of enterprises are looking to cloud apps and platforms to accelerate IT service delivery. As enterprises grow, their IT infrastructure needs to scale to accommodate evolving demands.
As enterprises adopt IoT technology and modern data demands require highly distributed, always-on IT delivery methods, IT leaders will need to leverage data center nodes in core markets where processing can occur near the data source.
Data Center Frontier I July 23, 2018 I Rich Miller
Edge computing – the enabling of data storage and processing as close to the end user as possible – although not as well-known as the ubiquitous cloud, is perhaps today’s most important emerging enterprise technology.