The data center area is constantly evolving, making it essential for companies to keep up with market updates to remain competitive. Below, we present the main trends in the data center area until 2025.
Data centers are evolving towards high density, which means that greater energy consumption is required for each server to function fully. Today, the average energy capacity in the data center is around 8 kW/rack and that capacity is expected to increase to an average of 20 kW/rack by 2025. This issue is challenging for companies: we have a greater energy need than before and we have to find ways to use energy in an increasingly sustainable way. It is essential to find a balance between efficiency and costs.
Without scalability, companies would need to implement capacity before it was needed – which carries a high risk of financial loss – or always be below capacity requirements – which completely limits growth and conditions the good performance of IT infrastructures. Scalability allows you to easily remove or add modules without compromising the normal functioning of the data center and is one of the essential requirements in the construction of the data centers of the future.
The energy consumption of data centers corresponds to 3% of the total energy consumption in the world. This consumption is expected to reach 1000TWh by 2025. Building green data centers is a necessity as it is increasingly important (and urgent) to reduce energy and water consumption.
Short implementation periods
A traditional data center has a very long implementation period. With the growing demand for fast and effective solutions, it is essential that the construction of the data center is increasing faster. Thus, modular data centers will gain a prominent place in the coming years, as they are easy and quick solutions to implement, in addition to responding effectively to current market requirements.
Digital data center management
Artificial intelligence is evolving at a rapid pace, and the Internet of Things will play a very important role in this sector. Data center management is expected to migrate to the digital format, in terms of planning, construction, optimization and continuous management.
The data center of the future will be built using modules, which saves space and reduces implementation and maintenance costs. The modularization of the data center solves the problem of slow construction and high initial investment. This type of solutions offers rapid implementation and the flexibility that is increasingly necessary in today’s world.
Simplified power supplies
The power system of a conventional data center is quite complex and occupies an extensive area. The trend is to simplify this sector. A simpler architecture will reduce the energy conversion time, as well as the distance from the power supply. Thus, an optimization of the use of space is achieved and a better energy efficiency of the infrastructure.
It is expected that, in the future, there will be a predominance of hybrid solutions with regard to data center cooling. The data center cooling must be compatible with both the cooling system and the liquid cooling system. In this way, a significant reduction in energy consumption is achieved in this sector.