What will the data center look like in 5 years or 10 years? Here’s a closer look at the Internet of Things, virtual reality and machine learning, and what these new technologies may mean for the data centers that power your business and livelihood.
Insights: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Virtual reality (VR) allows users to interact with digital environments and objects, typically using a headset. When you turn your head, you see other areas of a 360-degree digital environment. Some VR apps include controllers that allow users to manipulate digital objects. But these 360-degree video applications require a LOT of data, and delivering these experiences across the Internet presents a major challenge.
If virtual reality becomes widely adopted, it will require a major expansion of the world’s networks and data centers. We look at the infrastructure implications, and how Facebook and the telecom sector are preparing for a VR future.
Facebook is building a new generation Open Compute hardware, part of its vision for powerful data centers that will use artificial intelligence and virtual reality to deliver experiences over the Internet. Here’s how they’re doing it.
New projects are using balloons, drones, lasers and satellites to bring wireless Internet to underserved markets. These initiatives have major implications for where data centers are located and how they’re built and powered.