2019 is upon us and new trends are emerging that will affect business as we move into the new year. In order to understand how these shifts will influence our industry moving forward, I’ll provide a general overview of each one. The trends taking over our industry are Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, 5G, and Compliance/Governance.
AI is the study of how to train computers so that computers can do things which at present humans can do better. ML is when machines can learn on their own without being explicitly programmed by humans. Data center managers are finding that the process of planning AI and ML into the management of data is becoming more relevant as systems and applications grow. Machines have more computing power and a greater ability to monetize a company’s data faster than humans.
It is the process and desire to monetize data that will keep us on the leading edge of this growth cycle. With AI and ML driving data center upgrades into the next millennium, data center managers are tasked with getting their house in order. We can provide a road map to follow when preparing their facilities for these upgrades.
Big Data is the process of a company capturing as much information about their customers as possible. Everything from spending habits, purchases, shopping locations, to the type of laundry detergent a customer buys. No amount of data is too small or insignificant. The question then is, once the data has been collected, what do you do with it?
Here’s where the challenge begins for the data scientist. The data must be categorized and put into usable buckets so that other systems can effectively use it. HaDoop, Apache Storm, Ceph, Data Torrent RTS, Disco and Google Big Query are all systems used by data center managers to collect large amounts of information. The purpose of this collection is twofold, first to convert the data into a usable format, and secondly, to figure out how to monetize it.
The collection of information will be a centralized function of the data center moving forward. Data center managers must ensure their facilities are ready, and we can develop best practice techniques for these processes.
The internet defines IoT as a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects or other devices that collect and transfer data. Basically, a system that collects and transfers data to the technologies mentioned in the Big Data section above.
IoT will have a major effect on what’s happening at the edge because data collection will begin at the edge where there is the greatest amount of customer interface. Think of the number of sensors you interface with daily (cell phone, Amazon Echo, security cameras, etc). Experts estimate those devices will grow to more than 25 billion connected devices by the end of the year. Look out for George Jetson, he might be moving into your neighborhood very soon!
If you own a smartphone, the technology driving it currently is something called 4G. My smartphone is certainly smarter and more powerful than the old flip phone from my days in the military. However, 5G is the next generation of mobile internet connectivity to take over, offering speeds that will be much faster than current 4G technology.
Imagine your phone working 10-15 times faster than the current 4G technology, that will increase current phone capabilities by 1500 percent. I don’t know about you, but to me that’s fast! The advancements of mobility and ubiquitous access will be challenging for data center managers but improving mobility platforms in the data center will help to support next-generation mobility solutions.
The financial and healthcare sectors are two large industries that already have compliance and governance policies in effect. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are responsible for many of the upgrades we have seen in the Healthcare sector.
Our field is growing quickly in many different areas that I suspect compliance and governance will also expand into some nontraditional areas. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires all customers personal data must be protected. Keeping a watchful eye on the progression of these policies will prepare us to assist our customers when the opportunity presents itself.
Data center managers will be challenged with making sure their data center can support the next wave of applications. AI/ML, Big Data, IoT and 5G will be at the top of the discussion list in 2019. Our CABLExpress pre-terminated solution products provide a stable foundation to build a strong and viable data center capable of dynamic growth and scalability.
The growth in all or one of these areas could cause data center managers many sleepless nights. By anticipating the challenges data centers will face implementing these new trends and offering solutions to successfully apply them we are an invaluable asset for this growth opportunity.
If you’re interested in learning more, please feel free to reach out to me and the experts at CABLExpress. We have the insights, expertise, and experience to help you plan your data center architecture to meet future computing demands.
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