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After decades of stagnation, data centers are catching up with current trends in technology. In the past five years, several trends have emerged that promise to change how data centers operate. These improvements enable more reliable infrastructure, reduced risk of crashes, lower costs, and greater efficiency. More companies are decommissioning outdated infrastructure in favor of installing newer technology.

Here’s our list of the five biggest data center trends to hit the market in recent years.


All Flash Storage

Flash storage has taken off in a major way. Experts estimate that solid state drive (SSD) sales will rocket from 31 million in 2012 to 227 million by 2017, while hard disk drive sales decline. The SSD format is rapidly becoming popular among personal computer and laptop manufacturers as well as in data centers.
Comparisons between traditional hard disk drives and solid state suggest SSD is slated to blast off, leaving HDD in the dust of obsolescence. Solid state drives provide more stability, speed, and a longer lifespan than the hard disk drives. It can be costlier to install SSD, but the savings over time from stability, speed, and longevity make SSD a worthy investment.


As data demands increase exponentially, data centers must find better ways to protect against security breaches. The previous model of security has mostly entailed centralized, hardware-specific perimeter security systems that sacrifice flexibility and require layers of additional security measures to be piled on top of one another, rather than targeting the vulnerabilities within data center architecture directly.
Microsegmentation distributes security backup to each hypervisor within the architecture. This creates integrated, smaller protected zones to make managing security easier. Each part works together on security measures while shielding vulnerable points.
Many data centers are citing security as a high priority in the age of cloud architecture and rising cybercrime. An ESG survey shows that 81% of respondents plan to implement microsegmentation security.

Converged Infrastructure

Converged infrastructure is perhaps one of the most prolific trends to sweep across data centers. This new form of infrastructure promises hardware consolidation, minimal energy consumption, and integrated networking using hypervisor systems and virtualization.
The benefits of converged infrastructure multiply with the promise of increased redundancy, energy efficiency, networking capabilities, and reduced costs of operation. Data centers employing converged infrastructure consist of components functioning together as part of a larger organism, in contrast with traditional data center models that require one piece of hardware to encase and execute a single operation.
The technology also reduces IT maintenance needs. By saying goodbye to legacy infrastructure contained in silos, data centers are joining the rest of the technology world in the principle of “less is more.” According to one source, converged infrastructure has grown at a 50% rate in the past year, signaling a major shift.

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Hyper-converged infrastructure takes things a step further. It is software-centric and utilizes just one piece of hardware to run the entire mode of data center operations. The cluster consists of intercommunicating nodes that have free transference of functionality across the system.
It makes sense that data center owners are turning toward this type of infrastructure, especially small-to-medium-sized businesses. Ease of installation and a single vendor support system removes convoluted IT requirements. Consolidation reduces costs dramatically. Insiders suggest that the market will rise to a $5 billion venture by 2019—it seems hyper-convergence is here to stay.

Big Data

Data is generated at a rate of around 2.5 quintillion bytes per day, which is an enormous quantity. Our daily data dealings could fill 10 million Blu-Ray discs. The Big Data market is expected to reach the $48 billion mark by 2019 and those numbers will only increase.
Companies must manage this data with a higher degree of accountability than ever before. This goes beyond the realm of trend. It’s a necessity, considering some of the shocking statistics concerning data security breaches. In fact, there was a 38% rise in security incidents from 2014 to 2015.
Big data demands will only make end-of-life considerations more challenging. More than ever, it’s critical to employ an ITAD service provider to ensure data is thoroughly wiped and destroyed and who offers fully detailed reporting to track data destruction and prevent theft.

The Future is Now

In conclusion, the next five years will be interesting to witness. While technologies come and go, these five data center trends have risen above the horizon and are here to stay. They can only improve with time, making the future of the data center appear quite promising.
Effective ITAD strategies for Data Centers

Effective ITAD strategies for Data Centers

In the ever-evolving landscape of data management, businesses frequently encounter the need to retire their data center hardware. Such scenarios often arise when companies decide to shut down all or part of a data center operation. The process of decommissioning a data center is riddled with logistical intricacies, and among these, planning for the disposition of retired assets stands out as a crucial aspect. The dismantling of data center equipment without a well-thought-out strategy for reuse, remarketing, or secure disposal can lead to a host of problems.

Enhance Risk Management with ITAD

Enhance Risk Management with ITAD

Organizations are rapidly transitioning their communication systems, data storage infrastructure, and administrative functions to the digital realm, all in pursuit of maintaining a competitive edge. However, this shift toward a technologically advanced world exposes companies to higher risks of cybersecurity threats and data breaches. In essence, your business’s sensitive data is vulnerable at any given moment. Therefore, a well-rounded risk management strategy must include a robust ITAD plan to mitigate your company’s overall risk.

Enhancing Data Center Sustainability Through ITAD

Enhancing Data Center Sustainability Through ITAD

In the rapidly evolving landscape of data center operations, sustainability has emerged as a paramount concern. One of the linchpins of this sustainability drive within data centers is the practice of IT Asset Disposition (ITAD), a multifaceted process that plays a pivotal role in ensuring both ecological responsibility and data security.

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