As enterprise co-location customers become more sophisticated, well-established data center trends are accelerating.
Fremont CA: The relationship between enterprise organizations and co-location data center providers is substantially different today than it was even a year and a half ago in many ways. Although the Covid-19 epidemic did not trigger these changes, it did amplify numerous existing patterns.
Many of the services and support now getting considered table stakes were not in the not-so-distant past. Virtualization, remote hands-and-eyes support, and increased day-to-day provider administration of customers' infrastructures represent a significant shift in how businesses engage with physical data centers.
Here are some significant forces that will change the way co-location providers and their clients (and potential clients) interact in the future:
• Growing sophistication
Today, an increasing number of businesses are deploying more sophisticated installations, typically at larger densities. To understand why corporate deployments are getting more sophisticated, open a smartphone and view a movie in 4K, purchase food through an app, or schedule a haircut appointment. These are only a few instances at the consumer level.
Maintaining flexibility while delivering the proper combination of technology, products, and services to assist corporate clients efficiently manage the rising complexity of their infrastructures is now the issue for data center operators.
• Increased virtualization and remote services
Remote assistance has become an increasingly important part of that mix of services. However, enterprise clients have been reticent to operate on a virtual or semi-virtual basis until lately.
Throughout the pandemic, we've seen that hesitancy swiftly dissipate. Due to social distance, fewer members of our clients' teams could access the data center securely. As a result, they resorted to using remote hands and eyes services more frequently.
• Location, connectivity, and plugging into the cloud
The addition of a geographical dimension has now enriched the discussion about connection. The connection must be fast, but the user must also decrease latency to provide products and services to consumers or end-users faster than rivals. Being as close to those end-users as feasible is the most distinctive approach to achieve the latter. Enterprise businesses may maintain closeness and minimize service disruptions by establishing redundancy by locating data centers in various vital markets.
• Planning for the future
Finally, when it comes to infrastructure expansion, businesses are becoming more proactive. Datacenter operators are planning and constructing the core and shell of their facilities in a more modular manner. Providers can get from design to construction more quickly and efficiently because of modularity. It also allows service providers to better prepare for and respond to customer needs. Even if the existing client base of a particular facility does not require increased density, designing a data center to be high-density-ready indicates to those customers that they may plan and scale their deployments with more confidence.