The world consumes an enormous amount of data every single day—about 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every 24 hours, and now even more so with the advancements in Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. Because of this, data centres have become a vital part of our lives.

Our devices are becoming more high-tech and are producing more data than ever before. In fact, 90% of all data today was created in the last two years alone. All of this data goes into data centres.

Although Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things are creating a lot of this data we are producing, these same advancements will be an integral part of data management and an important part of the future of data centres. This article looks at the future of the data centre ecosystem and predicts what’s in store for the industry.

5G Networks Will Become a Reality

As you can clearly see, we are producing data at exceedingly high rates. We are also processing this data quickly and will need to continue to do so because of the advancements in technology and the data these devices produce.

5G networks can help improve data transfer speed, reliability, and connectivity. Verizon is currently using an unofficial version of 5G for home Internet services, but a global standard version will be launching in 2019.

More edge-based systems will likely be a by-product of the upcoming 5G networks. Edge-based systems will decrease latency and offer higher speeds especially for those living in more rural areas.

The projected speed of 5G will change the way data centres are built, and connections will be distinctively faster than it has been in the past. And because of the projected speed of 5G, artificial intelligence could also play a major role in data centre technology.

Edge Computing

Edge Computing will be another advancement that will change the way data centres will function. Edge adds small data centre hubs between current data centres and the user. By adding a gateway connection point the user experience and connection is faster and stronger.

Because of Edge Networking, the way data centres are built will also be different. We will see more micro data centres built into preexisting towers. This micro data centres will be handled similarly to current data centres, but these will be located closer to businesses that are within the data network. Latency issues will be a thing of the past. When Edge Networking was in its earliest stages, many industry experts (including Data Center Frontier) believed that Edge would cancel out the Cloud, and only data centres would benefit. But we predict that all three will work together making the world’s connectivity stronger than ever before. The Internet of Things will also make Edge Networking a plausible part of future data centres.

The Internet of Things

Optimizing how a data centre is managed can be tricky—but new technology is making it easier to improve the way data centres are run. The Internet of Things will improve security, data flow, storage requirements, and access capabilities making data centre managers’ jobs easier. Managing everyday tasks such as updating systems, configuration, patching, and monitoring will be managed by the Internet of Things. Running a data centre with the help of IoT can also ensure the data centre is more environmentally friendly by finding the best setting in real time. IoT is becoming more popular in our homes, but it will also be an integral part of data centre management shortly.

Artificial Intelligence Will Be a Standard

Artificial Intelligence has already been implemented within some data centres around the world, but because of all the positive benefits it offers, we believe this will AI will be a standard in the data centre world. AI has already helped Google cut its energy bill by 40% by optimizing its servers. AI can also be used for security purposes as well.

AI is a very important advancement in technology, especially when it comes to data centre management. Predictive analytics and statistical algorithms are two of the major reasons for how AI will be used to optimize how a data centre will run. And just like IoT, AI will also help manage temperature, security, ventilation, and other potential hazards.

Artificial Intelligent managed data centres could potentially take the place of human data centre managers in the future. Potentially saving businesses a lot of money. Dac, the first AI-powered data centre operator, has already been introduced. LitBit’s new technology uses an IoT system that will diagnose problems within the data centre including water leaks, cooling issues, and loose wires.

Conclusion

The way we are consuming data (2.5 quintillion bytes of data every 24 hours), we will need future data centres to be bigger, stronger, and faster. But these technology advancements we mentioned will bring data centres into the future. Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Edge Computing will be a vital part of the future of data centres.