If one thing is constant in the data center, it’s transformation — change, lots of change. The physical infrastructure, software and data demands vary day by day, as technology advances and big data continues to grow.
Data center managers are always in search of the latest and greatest, whether that be in computing, sustainability, software or other areas of the colocation facilities they preside over. Think about, for example, the journey from mainframe computing all the way to today’s smartphones and hand-held devices.
And while the hardware used in the data center has certainly changed, Server Technology points out the software running and living in the data center evolved even more quickly. With advances in virtualization and containerization, applications today operate independently of the underlying hardware.
“Hardware has been abstracted out of the software equation by the “software defined everything” (SDE) philosophy,” the report states.
With all this changing and updating over the years, as well as increasing computer workloads, growing storage needs, impatience and more, led to what Server Technology called a “throwaway mentality for much of the parts that make up data creation and data center infrastructure, such as servers, switches, load balancers, racks, cabling and more.”
But in the early 2000’s, the the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive in the European Union began turning the tide. The effects were felt even more in 2014, when changes when into effect that cut down further on the amount of data center and personal electronics going into landfills around the world.
“Waste not, want not. Capital efficiency at times demands that we reuse existing infrastructure, often when something shiny and new is more attractive or more convenient.” — Server Technology
This new focus on sustainability, efficiency, and waste reduction in data centers opens up a wealth of opportunities to save money and use reusability to make key decisions around future data center designs, operations and processes. And Server Technology aims to cover them all in their latest whitepaper.
Ultimately, your data center is not a static environment. Changes are made, but today, the importance of hardware is still a reality. Often, many in the industry just cite the fact that much of the new data is now just going to the cloud, not calling for an immediate hardware purchase.
But, not all workload expansion is headed that way. Server Technology reminds us that data center operators still find themselves having to use newer, denser hardware, like new drives, new CPUs, new memory technologies, AI accelerators such as ASICs and FPGAs10 , and new networking topologies.
Flexible infrastructure may turn out to be crucial to the long-term reusability of your data center.
The new whitepaper that focuses on data center sustainability from Server Technology covers the following topics:
- It Takes a Cloud to be Mobile
- Hardware Refresh Cycles Impact the Dynamic and Cloudy Data Center
- Corporate Responsibility and IT Infrastructure Reuse
- Where Will Your Data Center Be in 20 Years?
- The Role of Flexibility in Extending the Life of the Data Center
- The Incentive for Investing Today for Reusability in the Future
Download the full report, “Flexibility and Sustainability for the Dynamic Data Center,” courtesy of Server Technology, to learn more about the roles that flexibility and reusability will play going forward in making decisions around engineering future data center designs, and how data centers continue to work on their environmental impacts by pursuing efficiency, reusability, and waste reduction.