Data center

Rittal has unveiled five trends in relation to cloud computing and data centers   that those responsible for IT departments of companies and institutions should keep in mind this year.

AI in the data center

The first trend refers to the fact that data centers have more control functions that are based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) . Without AI assistants, IT staff will not be able to operate large, complex IT systems that are safe.

This trend is supported by research by the technology consultancy IDC, which indicates that in 2022 half of the components in large data centers will have integrated AI functions that work on their own, in a completely independent way.

To support this transformation, IT administrators have to use predictive analytics and machine learning for optimal IT performance. These resources provide error predictions and promote optimized load distribution, so companies can ensure high availability of the IT environment.

Edge Computing to process large amounts of data

New wireless networks will increase the amount of data processed. In Germany, the 5G mobile network is scheduled to start operating in the second half of 2019. The number of repeaters required to deploy 5G means that it is necessary to increase the mobile infrastructure with Edge Data Centers .

With the deployment of 5G technology, the data that network operators and other companies have to process will increase.

According to the consultancy CB Insights, the forecasts for the year 2020 estimate that users will generate 1.5GB on average daily in data from devices with an Internet connection.

The Edge Data Centers decentralize IT infrastructure and allow data can be processed at the source where it is generated. This achieves low latency in data processing, making it possible to provide live applications to control industrial robots or autonomous vehicle systems. In addition, to analyze information more concisely, Edge Data Centers connect to the cloud.

In this way, organizations today should perceive that they are able to flexibly harness their IT power in one or two years and evaluate Edge concepts for this . The general trend towards standardizing processes is also a basic factor in this circumstance to ensure that the implementation and scalability of data center solutions are executed according to the time demands of the market.

Cloud market benefits from hyperscale data centers

In Germany cloud is increasingly accepted . The markets that have first opted for the development of the cloud are mechanical engineering and the construction of production plants.

According to the association of IT companies, Bitkom, 50% of companies in the sector already use the cloud . In turn, worldwide, more and more investment is being made in hyperscale data centers . This is a clear indication that cloud computing is a general practice as an operating model.

According to Synergy Reach, in 2020 there will be more than 600 hyperscale data centers in the world. At the moment the figure is at 450.

With this information, Rittal suggests to IT managers that when they decide on their 2019 corporate strategy in this area, they strike a balance between Edge Data Centers on company premises and in the main data center and between cloud resources . In this way, companies will obtain a backup in the operation of the application and high availability.

Optimizing technologies increase energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is considered the second most important management problem in data center development, behind only the level of availability.

The Borderstep Institute states in a report that in the past ten years new data centers have improved energy efficiency by 60 percent . However, the demand for energy has continued to increase as IT power expanded. In 2017, while servers operated in Germany required about 4.7 billion kWh, infrastructures such as refrigeration and UPS consumed 5.3 billion kWh.

These data indicate that data center managers should optimize the energy consumed as a priority for this year. Hybrid refrigeration units, which consist of free refrigeration and refrigerant-based refrigeration, provide new initiatives for cost optimization.

A location in the Nordic states reduces costs

Northern states have become very conducive places for cloud and colocation providers. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden provide clean and renewable energy sources, a climate that favors the installation of data centers, a quality Internet connection and high political and economic stability.

According to the most prominent analysts, until the year 2023 the billing that comes from data centers will increase eight percent annually in these Nordic regions.

Against this background, IT managers have to evaluate the alternatives in the Nordic countries to install their data centers to develop planned cloud projects.

Rittal is a strategic and technological partner of Lefdal Mine Datacenter in Norway , an innovative data center characterized by energy that comes from fully renewable energy sources, efficient cooling with seawater and minimal operating costs. All these characteristics make it possible for this data center to have an Energy Use Effectiveness Index (PUE) of 1.15, which translates into the lowest operating costs in Europe.

How does Rittal provide its clients for development in the coming years?

Andreas Keiger, Executive Vice President of Rittal’s Global IT Business Unit has stated the following at this point: “In addition to the trend towards greater standardization, in 2019 we will see companies increasingly decentralize the expansion of their IT infrastructure. This evolution fosters digital initiatives that today are an integral part of a successful corporate strategy. One way to achieve this is with Edge Data Centers, which, for example, can be launched very quickly as IT containers in company facilities, allowing digital transformation in all industrial sectors. Rittal offers a whole series of solutions for Edge infrastructures, from rack solutions to turnkey IT containers with connection to the cloud ”.