The year is 2015. There are flying cars, auto adjusting & drying jackets, power lacing shoes, pizzas you can “rehydrate” in seconds, and of course hoverboards! Well there are if you live in the 2015 of the of a certain 1980s movie trilogy (if you haven’t seen the films and are a little lost, then quite frankly you haven’t lived, but that’s a topic for elsewhere)
Although the 1989 (yes, it was that long ago!) sequel did manage to get some technology predictions correct, including video calling, huge TVs where you can watch multiple channels and wearable tech, watching it back now it’s almost laughable how different the vision of tomorrow was back then, to the reality of how it is now.
But as we all know technology has improved exponentially since the 1980s and is continuing to move at an alarming rate across all arenas, and none more so than the world of computing. Back then the Personal Computer was in its infancy, and “data centres” (a term which didn’t really exist at the time) were dominated by the true giants of the computing world, the Mainframe. Fast forward to today, and we have mobile phones that dwarf the processing power of those old PCs; PCs that you can carry with you, and the mainframe is becoming an endangered species, replaced by the modern data centre we know today. But what of the “Data Centre of Tomorrow?”
With the continuing growth of stored data, more demanding applications and increasing demand from companies to increase their services offered to their customers and staff, we have seen the emergence of technologies like Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Converged/Integrated Infrastructures among others, aimed at making our data centres more effective, agile and efficient. This has seen the classic 3-tiered, siloed network transform into something that can evolve and flow with your business needs, offer increased productivity and performance, all while saving those all-important pence. And the developments look set to continue with technology that allows companies to simplify and automate the management of your network, ultimately allowing your staff to spend less time maintaining systems, and more time focusing on innovation. So the Data Centre of Tomorrow is in fact here today, and with companies like Cisco driving innovation in this space, maybe it’s time for you to start thinking 4th dimensionally, and jump on board the innovation train for tomorrow!
And what will data centre, and everything else for that matter, look like in another 30 years? Well without a “fluxed” DeLorean it’s hard to tell, but I’m sure if we could see it, we would all go… “Great Scott!!”
We understand that updating your Data Centre is not an easy task and it benefits most CIO’s and Data Centre Managers to have a good relationship with their suppliers and manufacturers. Assessing when to change can be just as important as what changes you make and planning the project out effectively and trying to minimise impact on the business are no mean feat. Our project teams are regularly put through their paces in both the real world and various training labs for that reason. If you are considering a DC change and looking to make sure you’re ready for tomorrow, our team would be more than happy to help with anything from sanity checking your requirements through to helping you plan design and build everything you need.