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5 Data Center Trends to Watch Out for This Year

By: Kaylie Gyarmathy on April 15, 2015

With an often changing and evolving data center market, we’ve put together the following data center trends that you should look up for this year.

1. Continued growth of the Internet of Things

One of the biggest trends in 2015 and beyond is going to be the exponential growth of the Internet of Things. According to Gartner, the IoT will include 26 billion units by 2020. The Internet of Things (IoT) will rapidly create new challenges for data centers, including capacity, compute, security, analytics, and more. The IoT will require data centers to restructure storage and processes to handle these changes.

2. Improved hardware response with flash drives

In recent times, data center storage has continued to evolve from hard disk drives to solid-state drives and nonvolatile memory. Nonvolatile memory will get more organizations to segment their data based on performance. According to Jason Taylor, "Flash was a transformer for our databases, making them far more responsive with fewer outliers and lower latency. It changes how applications perform."

Hardware vendors continue to update configurations to support flash drives on the PCI-e interfaces. This will help companies with the large amounts of storage required for big data analytics and the Internet of Things.

3. Open source

According to Gartner, 95% of IT organizations will use open source elements in their mission-critical workloads by next year. This will force many organizations to support both proprietary and open technologies.

According to Adam Jollans, Linux and open source strategy manager at IBM, "an increasing proportion of workloads are built on top of open technology. Not just Linux, Apache -- now OpenStack, CloudFoundry, Hadoop, Docker, and the list goes on."

4. More companies will push data to the edge to reduce latency

As the Internet of Things and Big Data continue to transform how companies and data centers deal with data, pushing data closer to the edge (closer to the businesses using the data) will become more important. Having a data center that is closer to the people analyzing the data will increase speeds and reduce latency.

5. More companies will move away from running their own data centers

As more companies discover the additional burdens of previous investments such as technology, staffing, buildings, power, etc. of their aging data centers, many of them will want to virtualize and co-locate. More businesses will start asking the question, “Does this new application or infrastructure require a data center to be built?” If it can be installed on co-located or leased space, this will become a more popular option.


Big Data and the Internet of Things will drive many changes in hardware, software, data centers, and more in the future. To improve performance, companies will rely more heavily on pushing data to the edge. At the same time, we will see more companies utilizing co-located data centers to save time and money.

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