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The Future of Data Centres: What’s Next?

Written by Alaa Bawab, General Manager, Lenovo Infrastructure Group, META

Today’s world stands on the cusp of digital transformation, which at its core, is driven by nothing more than data and by extension, data centers. In fact, according to a report by Allied Market Research, the global data centre market is anticipated to reach $517.17 billion by 2030. These data centres today are at the forefront of evolution, essentially through the sheer necessity of organizations and enterprises. This evolution, led by unprecedented volumes of data and advancements in computing, further set data centres as a pivotal cornerstone in the digital environment we see today. However, the traditional sense of data centres is going through a massive change, some of which will change the very future of data centres.

Data Centres Are Getting Hot
With the influx of large-scale data, modern data centres are forced to work harder than ever before. This adds major pressure to the efficiency of the data centers, while also turning up the heat for their high-performance levels. These are two major challenges that data centres are currently facing and will develop more in the future.

Lenovo addresses these challenges with new solutions that target specifically these challenges. This includes a deeper focus on data management solutions that overcome the complexities of diverse data, thereby simplifying how data is stored, analyzed, and managed. This is made possible by Lenovo’s new storage arrays, which help customers overcome not only the challenge of data coming in from multiple locations but also improve efficiency.

Targeting the heat from data centres is another key challenge, one that Lenovo faces with its dedicated Neptune solution. While system overheating can be the core reason for shutdowns, slower performance and even data loss, Lenovo’s Neptune solution tackles this as a liquid-based cooling solution that removes heat. This method, one that is more efficient than traditional air cooling, not only keeps the CPUs cool but also comes with rack rear door water cooling, direct water cooling to each node and comes with the Energy Aware Runtime (EAR) and XClarity Energy Manager software to optimize performance and power.

The Future Lies in Edge Computing
When the discussion is about the future of data servers and cloud computing, the next evolutionary step is Edge Computing. Stepping away from centralized cloud computing, Edge Computing decentralises the whole process, bringing data closer to the source and reducing the distance between the data source and the centre. This in turn reduces latency and allows for real-time data processing, becoming a driving force for smart cities and automation.

Lenovo boasts a wide range of Edge Computing solutions, each of which bring a range of further benefits. With its open and flexible ecosystem, Lenovo’s solutions easily integrate with all key cloud providers for end-to-end ongoing management. The solutions are resilient and cost-effective as they are easy to deploy and operate, even to maximize edge workload performance. Edge Computing itself has a bright future ahead, with it being the fastest-growing segment in the industry, with IDC predictions showing that 50% of new enterprise IT infrastructure will be built around Edge Computing by this year.

The future of data centres is marked mostly by increasing challenges that need to be tackled, such as the increasing volume of data and the need for enhanced efficiency and sustainability. Lenovo’s solutions aim to accelerate this evolution and empower the shift towards decentralized processing, reduced latency, and real-time data capabilities, trends that will ultimately reshape the IT infrastructure.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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