Predictions on the 2025 Data Center
What will data centers look like in a decade? For starters, you can expect them to be smaller, as the vast majority of data center and telecom professionals expect these facilities to take up no more than one-half of the space they do now, according to a recent survey from Emerson Network Power. Plus, thanks to the expanded use of solar power and other green initiatives, data centers are likely to use considerably less power. The accompanying report, "Data Center 2025: Exploring the Possibilities," provides an in-depth look at these and other driving topics about the future of data centers, including private power generation, backup power options, cloud migration and resource utilization. The report divides survey participants into three categories: conservative, moderate and progressive. More than two out of five of the respondents are considered moderates. They expect that data centers will be at least half the size in 2025 as they are now; that one-fifth of the power supply will come from solar energy; and that 70 percent of computing will be accomplished in the cloud. "The pace of change in the data center industry is only going to increase," says Steve Hassell, president of data center solutions for Emerson Network Power. "Whether that change is measured or transformative depends not only on the advances that come from manufacturers and operators, but on the industry's enthusiasm to accept and engage those innovations." More than 800 global data center and telecommunications professionals took part in the research.