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Data Center Power Predictions: What Does the Future Hold?
Hollywood loves to give us bizarre ideas for how technology will serve us in the future. We’ve certainly arrived in many ways; virtual conferencing is a reality, something that was just an imaginary tool back in 1980s movies, and let’s not forget how we can easily obtain music and entertainment with the push of a button. We’re ordering food from our phones and hosting business meetings from our computers. The servers that generate all of this power have an interesting future ahead, but perhaps it’s not one that we think about as often as the next consumer gadget.
Data center power is just as important, if not more so, than the consumer technologies available. Many services that we rely on via smart devices rely on power from data centers, and businesses offering a service that relies on a data center is not without its risks. Data centers are on the rise as storage is growing at exponential rates, sucking up all the racks evacuated by server virtualization. As companies experience a growth in storage and the need for disaster preparedness, particularly when it comes to recovery, data centers are an attractive option.
Analysts have given their thought on what happens when it comes to modern technology, and Emerson (News - Alert) Network Power’s recent report, “"Data Center 2025: Exploring the Possibilities,” gives us an idea of what to expect from these information super centers in 11 years.
The survey results from more than 820 industry professionals range from far-reaching to rather plausible. Some 67 percent say IT equipment will become more efficient, where one respondent said they envision underwater data centers.
More common responses include less energy consumption (65 percent), renewable energy as a reality, like solar (21 percent), resilient data centers that rely on cooling methods (41 percent), and automation (43 percent).
Power is the second most important cost in a data center. Data center power efficiency plays an important role in environmental stewardship and it is one of the areas where substantial gains continue to look quite attainable. It would make sense, then, that the future holds a more efficient, more cost-effective way of harnessing said power.
Companies like Server Technology work alongside their customers on the support and management of the cabinet power distribution market for maximum uptime and efficiency, taking the guesswork out of data center power, with no worries about the future.
Data centers provide mission-critical computing functions essential to the daily operation of top U.S. economic, scientific, and technological organizations. Server Technology (News - Alert) speaks to these needs with reliable, accurate and adaptable data center power solutions.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson
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