Three forces that will shape the future data center

Total Site Solutions’ Ramzi Namek looks into the future of efficiency

Over the past 25 years, the design and operation of data centers has seen many changes driven by IT changes and demand. In the 80s the move away from mainframe computing and into networked servers led to raised floors with dedicated UPS and Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) units. In the 90s, explosion of the Internet led to the adoption of availability models and the resulting Tier ratings. Eventually, engineers and operators began questioning energy usage and best practices, which led to a breakaway from the rigid ‘availability, no question’ to the more realistic ’availability, no doubt; but energy too’.

As we came out of the 2000s’ first decade, energy issues dwarfed availability concerns as engineers and operators looked for innovative ways to reduce energy use. Today, we see several forces shaping the future data center. Keywords on everyone’s minds are modular, containers, TCO, time to market, et.  But if we truly consider the root drivers, we can single out three forces that are contributing to the shift in delivery of the future data center:

  • Cloud
  • Energy and regulation
  • Infrastructure integration


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About Five 9s Digital, LLC

Five 9s Digital is a data center real estate company offering data center development, investment sales, real estate advisory, and colocation and wholesale data center selection and procurement services. Five 9s Digital has been involved in the development and ownership of multiple mission critical facilities from single user build-to-suit facilities to multi-tenant data centers. Five 9s Digital brings a wealth of experience, background and expertise in providing solutions to the data center arena. Due to the specific and yet evolving requirements of mission critical end users in today’s world, Five 9s Digital is able to offer real solutions, real facilities, and real choices due its extensive and up-to-date knowledge base. Five 9s Digital is a Best Data Sites Certification Alliance™ member.
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