Posted by Jeannette Beltran | Posted in 451 Research, Uptime Institute Events, Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 05-09-2013
This blog is the second in a series of blog posts highlighting keynote presentations from Uptime Institute Symposium 2013.
Flash storage – it’s the emerging technology with the most potential to seriously disrupt your data center, according to a keynote presentation delivered at Uptime Institute Symposium 2013. Flash storage is very low on power and space utilization, and is 10 times faster than the fastest disk. And though the current price is cost-prohibitive for many organizations, that’s expected to change. According to 451 Research’s Andy Lawrence, within three to five years, the price of flash storage should be on par with that of the fastest disk storage. “You should be preparing for flash in your data centers,” Lawrence said in his keynote, “The Disrupted Data Center: Ten Technologies That Might Change Data Centers Forever.”
When Lawrence and his team at 451 Research set out to determine which technologies may disrupt the data center industry, they focused on what will likely have an impact in the next five to 20 years, and based their analysis on three metrics:
- How big will the impact be?
- How fast will it happen?
- How likely is it to happen?
So why should we be concerned with the technologies that might be disruptive 10, 15 years from now? Because research shows that half of data center costs are invested up-front – so failing to prepare for a future disruptive technology can turn into a major liability down the road.
In addition to flash storage, Lawrence covers nine other technologies with the potential to make waves in the industry, including advanced DCIM, cloud-level resiliency and chiller-free data centers. And even if your organization hasn’t seen much change yet, doesn’t mean it’s not coming. The data center IS already being disrupted, Lawrence said.
This means that “capacity planning is absolutely critical” for the entire digital infrastructure, according to Lawrence, especially if you want stay competitive with cloud providers and the economies of scale they’re able to provide. In the data center industry it’s easy to stay focused on the infrastructure level, but organizations need to begin assessing these key technologies now.
Click here for more information on 451 Research’s Data Center Technologies team, and access to reports.