Designing and operating data centres that look to the future and are lasting assets for those who invest in them will require a sound knowledge of how the future of data centres might play out, the disruptors and influencers that require careful consideration and emerging technological possibilities.
Nowhere are disruptive forces requiring industry leaders to rethink the way they do business more evident than in the data centre industry. If data centre operators are to thrive in a future that is as yet unwritten, they will require in-depth insight into the many shifting aspects that will influence project success.
Driven by the realisation of the Internet of Things, gamification and the emergence of the edge, the demand for high performance data centres is increasing… and increasing.
According to IDC and Seagate’s DataAge 2025 – The Digitization of the World Report, 75 per cent of the world’s population will interact with data on a daily basis by 2025. That equates to 6 billion people, as compared to 5 billion currently. In 2025, each connected person will have at least one data interaction every 18 seconds, many of which will be because of the billions of IoT devices connected across the globe.
The consequence of this increasing reliance on data will be a never-ending expansion in the size of the Global Datasphere. The Global Datasphere is forecast to grow to 175 zettabytes by 2025, as shown in the figure below. To get an idea of that quantum, a zettabyte is a trillion gigabytes.
While it’s easy to understand demand, other influences are less straightforward and will become more complex as we move forward.
As with all disruptive forces, benefits are there for the taking, but will require creativity and innovation. At Aurecon, this means finding new ways to transform our clients’ businesses and help them become more competitive through innovation.
In partnership with our data centre clients, we challenge the ‘status quo’ and envision what’s possible, and then design ways to get there.
Peter Greaves, is Aurecon’s Buildings of the Future Leader, passionate about the use of digital technologies across the entire lifecycle of assets, from design to operations, to co-create with clients, facilities that meet the ever-changing needs of end-users.
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