Emerging Trends of Micro Data Centers

Flash based storage is growing in popularity

Flash-based storage has been found to be more efficient than HDD-based storage. It also has 40 times better input/output performance than hard disks, using 50 percent less power. The lead analyst of Technavio Sunil Kumar Singh believes that the higher cost of acquiring flash-based systems will result in its increased growth in data centers. He also predicts the prices of the systems to drop 5 to 10 percent year over year, causing further demand in the years 2018-2020. Singh also believes that flash adoption will add more revenue as time goes on.

More consumers and companies are adopting to IoT

Technavio believes that 20 billion internet enabled devices will be online by 2019. The growth in usage will produce large amounts of data from communities and cars that are connected to the IoT. The Internet of Things will also likely be used in the retail, auto, manufacturing, and utilities industries as well as social media.

RFID chips will play a huge role in the growth of the IoT, due to their ability to track, read, and allow different object to communicate with each other. Consumers that want to use the IoT need an internet connection. So it makes sense to lead to a logical conclusion that the traffic of data centers will likely be increased 40 times the current traffic due to the IoT.

Businesses are currently working together to build more data centers to handle the demands of IoT data storage, including micro modular data centers. Regarding the future, companies who provide cloud services will increasingly need storage to expand their services as well as grow into new regions. Schools will require data centers at some point.The growing need of society’s ability to compute directly affects storage requirements.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers three different data center configurations. One is a software-defined data center, the second type has defined IT components configured from reference architectures. The third type is a tailored IT solutions created specifically for your needs. The growing IoT is considered as “growth in the edge of the network”, leading to the propagation of more modular data centers. Containers provide a perfect indoor/outdoor solution to meet the demand.

An increased amount of containerized data centers are being fabricated

Containerized data centers are portable and prefabricated inside of shipping containers. The center is able to fully house cooling, IT, and power equipment easily in a 20 foot or 40 foot space. They’re available on demand and are able to be placed in any environment, making them highly convenient. They can be easily relocated for far less than the cost of rebuilding a data center.

These data centers can vary vastly in price, with higher end models costing upwards of $7 million dollars. Creation, installation, and deployment is all done within a 6 month period. A containerized data center is filled with racks and equipment including standing room. Microsoft has a modular data center located in Virginia, made up of several data center containers.

According to Technavio, micro mobile data centers are set for growth of 46 percent within their forecast period. The high level of security and the ability to move the center anywhere are driving forces behind the growth. Flash and hybrid storage options are likely to make market growth increase in the next few years. Flash-based storage is more efficient than its traditional counterpart, HDD storage. Though the flash option is currently more expensive, increasing demands are driving down the price. Vendors are lowering the cost of the option based upon demand.

Many vendors in the storage market offer NAS, SAN, and DAS options for storage. However, those who are using flash-based storage are experiencing increased revenue. Technavio predicts storage area network or SAN to grow to $33 billion by the year 2020. It currently proliferates the market providing block level data storage for applications. The other storage technology offered by vendors now is network-attached storage or NAS, a file-based type of storage.

NAS devices create backups and have the ability to share files across several devices. Consumers use NAS devices to share and store files like photos, music, and video. In a home office or small office environment, NAS is used to share files among five to 20 people in the office. It also has the functionality of connecting to mobile devices and printers. This is a low maintenance storage option that allows you to manage it remotely.

In 2015, the Americas controlled 40 percent of the market shares in the data center storage market. The reason behind this is the large number of data center demand that led to adoption of the systems.