Data centre technologies are a hot topic. Earlier this week our Tech Director attended the annual Data Centre Transformation event. It was a great opportunity to meet up with industry experts to share trends and discuss emerging data centre technologies. The impressive speaker line up gave the overwhelmingly impression that getting more out of less is absolutely driving data centre technologies and principles. (In other words, putting Moore’s law into practice – see below for the definition).
Key discussion points:
New data is conservatively expected to grow at a rate of 44 new zettabytes per year by 2020. (A zettabyte is a trillion gigabytes!) This growth is driven by the increasing adoption of the phenomenon known as the Internet of Things ‘IoT‘. It is estimated that more than 50 billion interconnected ‘things’ will exist within the same timescale. No wonder that information must be stored and managed on smarter devices that have increased efficiency, use less power and deliver higher SLAs of availability.
More examples of technology strides that have created fast paced changes: the first processors used carbon material of an impressive 74 nanometers (nm) thickness (1nm = a billionth of a metre). Today we use material 14nm thick and we expect to use 4nm thickness materials very soon, delivering more powerful processing than ever before.
Consider storage size: the first spinning hard disk (HDD) was invented by IBM in 1956. It had an average capacity of 3.75Mb (much less than your average modern-day USB memory stick) yet it measured the size of a fridge and weighed about the same as a Mini car! The progress made since those early pioneering days is staggering.
Personal Data Centre Interactions
Our lives are hugely affected by more and more data centre technologies and yet the average person doesn’t understand them, know what they are or indeed where they are. (That’s probably a good thing). We all expect data led services to be instantly available and always on, whether that’s online banking, remotely turning on lights, smart TVs, fridges and even toasters, not to forget automated driverless cars (yes they will improve, yes they will become commonplace). All these technologies need high performance, efficient and always on data centres, connected to each other and managing complex superfast transactions around the globe. In fact a recent study commissioned by the DCA and led by Prof Ian Bitterlin suggested an average person (not IT geek) interacts with a minimum of 9 data centres per day on 24 separate occasions.
Our lives now revolve around data and that requires more and more data centres. All this technology on a smaller footprint needs to be up and running 24/7. Imagine the joy of trying to move around London if the Oyster card system went down ……. Systems that keep us safe, banking, traffic management, airport security, energy production, etc, all rely on data centre technologies. Data centres are on the increase at a Moore’s level pace right now, demanding more from less.
24/7 Uptime Involvement with Data Centre Technologies
The 24/7 Uptime team is delighted and proud to be contributing to this rapidly expanding sector. We ensure absolute zero downtime and data loss for critical systems within data centres and data centre infrastructures themselves.
Do take a look at our data centre case study.
Please contact us to discuss your data centre requirements.
~ Moore’s Law – in 1956 Gordon Moore predicted that in a dense processing environment, computing would dramatically increase in power and decrease in relative cost at an exponential rate. In simple terms, double the amount of processing capacity for the same size integrated circuit every 2 years.