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How the Cloud Is Impacting Data Center Design

The advent of cloud computing will have repercussions on the IT field for years to come

The advent of cloud computing will have repercussions on the IT field for years to come. We’re really only now beginning to see how much cloud services will change the face of IT. In some ways, IT is shifting from the managers and providers of resources to the gatekeepers, deciding who is able to reach cloud resources. Cloud computing is changing the way we think about scalability, portability, security, and every other aspect of IT.

It’s also affecting the way that data centers are designed. Cloud computing demands an efficient data center design. Here are some trends that we’re likely to see in data center design, largely thanks to the cloud:

  • Less standardization. Despite the fact that some big names like HP are now designing and deploying standardized data center designs, the fact of the matter is that this model may wane. Data centers were, at one point, designed to be a collection of many standard elements that were all connected. Each of those elements was efficient on its own, and it was assumed that this would make the whole thing more efficient. Instead, we’re going to see data center design that focuses on an integrated plan, looking at every component and sub-component to make sure that it fits with the overall efficiency process.
  • More network leasing. For some data centers, the most important components are no longer servers; it is the networks. The networks are what get the users to and from external cloud solutions (and that serve internal cloud solutions, as well). If data centers are going to truly be able to ramp up capacity, they need to be able to do that with the network, as well. That means a scalable network. In most cases, that means leasing in order to have more agility when it comes to scaling up.
  • More chargebacks. Data centers are going to be designed in such a way that costs can be broken down in a very granular fashion. Equipment that monitors power flow to specific components will be common, for example. The tough economy means justifying every cost, and so data centers are going to be built with more and more capacity to justify costs (and pass them to the appropriate business units.)
  • Today’s data center, in some ways, is only a pale precursor to what we’re going to see in just the next decade.

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