Ten Technologies That Will Transform Data Centers

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-17-2013
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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.

Here's a trivia question that only a CIO could love: "What's a memristor?" (No googling please, we'll give you the answer at the end of this slideshow.) That said, to provide a hint, it's one of the "Ten Technologies That Might Change Data Centers Forever," as presented by Andy Lawrence, research vice president at 451 Research. The ten innovations highlighted speak to the need for reduced capital and operating expenses without sacrificing data-center functionality. In fact, a few of the technologies promise to significantly increase performance while still arriving at a lower cost. For certain, data centers represent a major budget allocation. In fact, the 15 year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of a 3 megawatt facility is now $90 million, according to 451 Research. And that is why hybrid generation, cloud computing options, silicon-based advancements, flash storage and even data centers that require no chillers are all in the works. The following insights were part of a presentation at the Uptime Institute Symposium in May in Santa Clara, Calif. The Uptime Institute is a division of the 451 Group, which also oversees Yankee Group. For more about this and other symposium presentations, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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