Technological landscapes are constantly shifting, and data centres are no exception. Taking advantage of the changes and making the most of the opportunities they bring can deliver a variety of benefits including reduced costs, increased flexibility, and more reliable systems that are built to accommodate future needs. Knowing what to expect and being prepared is the key to ensuring a successful, streamlined journey.
What Forces Are Driving These Transitions?
In a recent article, Commscope identified a number of ‘megatrends’ affecting changes across virtually every industry including:
- Widespread digitization
- Demographic and social shifts
- Increasing urbanization
- Climate change
Despite these challenges, data centres today are in many ways more important than they have ever been. Unexpected downtime can be costly, financially and in terms of the effect it has on overall productivity, and network infrastructures are playing increasingly important roles in both day-to-day and longer-term successes for businesses of all types and sizes.
Forging Future-Forward Data Centres
The most important action you can take to get you and your data centres ready for the future is plan, developing a strategy that takes things like migration pathways, boosted speeds, scalable infrastructures, and virtualization solutions like co-located or cloud environments into account.
In another article, Commscope looked specifically at some of the various ways different industries can and are modifying their approaches to meet expanding demands:
- Healthcare: Digitization is something patients around the world expect and want. In one international survey, 75 percent of respondents said they anticipate interacting digitally with their healthcare providers (email communications, virtual doctors, digital records, and more) in the future.
- Automotive: Vehicle manufacturers are already reacting to customer demand to have simpler, easier to use, and more intuitive services and solutions built into the cars they use. These include driver-assist capabilities, as well as functions like smart maintenance alerts.
- Financial: Digital transactions are rapidly rising in popularity among consumers. Zelle, a peer-to-peer payment app processed over 100 million transactions in the first half of 2017, while Venmo (a competitor) saw roughly $30 million in volume in the final quarter of that year.
With industries across the board increasing their use of and reliance on digital networks and services, it’s critical to ensure that the right infrastructure is in place to keep up with growing needs and enable continued success in the marketplaces of tomorrow.
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