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How the Data Center Will Grow Up in Three Years

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    Energy Management

    Energy is one of the top costs of data center operation. The 2017 data center will see accelerated adoption of energy-efficient flash storage. By 2017, more data centers will be co-locating with power plants to utilize their inherent redundancy, eliminate transmission cost and avoid the need for backup generators.

    In addition, data centers will be more closely integrated with the electricity grid as part of a "smart grid."

    Power cost will become one of the determinants of where to place a workload across geo-distributed infrastructure, arbitraging the fluctuations in local power cost driven by electricity demand patterns and the variations in supply introduced by greater dependence on solar and wind power.

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How the Data Center Will Grow Up in Three Years

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    Energy Management

    Energy is one of the top costs of data center operation. The 2017 data center will see accelerated adoption of energy-efficient flash storage. By 2017, more data centers will be co-locating with power plants to utilize their inherent redundancy, eliminate transmission cost and avoid the need for backup generators.

    In addition, data centers will be more closely integrated with the electricity grid as part of a "smart grid."

    Power cost will become one of the determinants of where to place a workload across geo-distributed infrastructure, arbitraging the fluctuations in local power cost driven by electricity demand patterns and the variations in supply introduced by greater dependence on solar and wind power.

Enterprise data center architecture is in the midst of the most dramatic change in decades. Hyperscale data centers have pioneered the software-defined data center (SDDC) on industry-standard hardware. Enterprise data center operators recognize the value of this approach, but few have implemented it at the network and storage layers. A software-defined data center extends the value provided by server virtualization by eliminating the remaining resource silos, increasing utilization and agility, and giving the flexibility to dynamically choose the best location and infrastructure for each workload.

Early adopters are now deploying key elements of the software-defined data center in large production environments. These products are expected to move into mainstream use by 2017. In this slideshow, Bill Stevenson, executive chairman for Sanbolic, discusses the move toward hyperconverged infrastructure and the core components of the 2017 data center.