Where exactly are data centers going in the next few years? The rise of the cloud and the ubiquity of high-powered computing is rapidly increasing the volume of data being processed by networks and IT systems.
The data center has become critical to the efficient operation of the modern enterprise. Internal projects, external applications, user data and everything else are now entrusted to data centers. Increasing reliance on the cloud, by both consumers and businesses, and the continued expansion of the Internet has bought with it fresh challenges for data centers and the staff that manage them.
From provisioning to cooling, the data center today has to deal with issues faster, while also doing more on less hardware. Virtualization and blade servers are allowing data centers to squeeze more and more processing power into racks, but at the same time driving up the requirements for energy and cooling.