Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-17-2013

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Low-Power Servers  Running on 1 to 5 watts of CPU, they're expected to account for 10% to 25% of the server market by 2015.

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Advanced Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)  DCIM takes an agile approach to capacity planning, connecting IT services to the center's infrastructure oversight for better convergence of the two.

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Cloud-Level Resiliency  Cloud-level resiliency will greatly reduce infrastructure pain points through redundancies produced via software and wide area networks, as well as cloud-based disaster recovery.

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Silicon Photonics  Expected to be available in 2014, silicon photonics fabricate high-speed optical interconnects on silicon, optimizing efficiencies by more readily spreading out components.

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Chiller-Free Data Centers  By raising server inlet temperatures, you'll be able to slash costs through no mechanical refrigeration. (But availability depends upon the local climate.)

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Power-Proportional Computing  This automates power management without sleep states, cutting baseload power waste. You use power in direct proportion to work performed.

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Flash Storage  Promising to perform 10 times faster than your speediest disk, flash storage will save on the expense of storage, energy and physical space.

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Prefab Modular Data Centers  Create an entire data center or major components off-site—and use the designs over and over again—for rapid deployment and less capital investment.

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Onsite Clean Power Generation  This would combine hybrid generation, micro grids and fuel cells along with simpler DC power distribution. They also require energy-storage systems, which could prevent widespread adoption, along with cost and scalability factors.

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

Memristors  A memristor is a new class of semiconductor that uses resistance to store data. It's a fast, low-power, high-capacity option for data storage, with the potential to outperform current memory technology.

Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers