The constant evolution of technologies makes their adaptation to them mandatory. Technologies such as IoT, Big Data and Software as a Service are essential for companies to remain competitive. Thus, an adequate structure needs to be available to companies to use these and other resources.
Well, most companies do not have technology as their core business, although it is extremely dependent on it. It is in this context that the data center market comes into play, offering all the necessary technological infrastructure to companies.
Not surprisingly, the data center market continues to grow, both in terms of service delivery and quality. In addition to internal processing needs, more and more companies are offering services directly supported by a digital infrastructure. This is the case, for example, with streaming video and music services, e-commerce, social networks, etc. For the two factor authentication/ this is one very important matter now.
Cloud computing in the data center market
Cloud development has brought new possibilities for both consumer and technology companies. On the one hand, companies of all sizes and segments have opted to deactivate their own data centers, acquiring the services provided by providers.
There are many facilities offered by cloud computing, such as:
- Direct cost reduction, as the company stops investing in the acquisition and maintenance of infrastructure (hardware and software)
- Access to advanced IT features, such as updated software versions
- Productivity gains offered by mobility in resource access
Previously, budget constraints for IT investment were by themselves a constraint on business growth. A survey by Unisys for the Latin American market shows that companies moving to cloud solutions have achieved a direct 20% reduction in IT costs.
On the service provider side, it turns out that the rapid growth in demand for cloud services is opening opportunities for data center owners to rent their facilities, on a co-location basis, for example.
In recent years there has been an intensification of mergers and acquisitions of data centers, revealing a movement of accommodation of the scenario. In most cases, transactions involve competing operators, sometimes joining joint ventures, sometimes incorporating smaller companies or being incorporated by larger companies, always in the sense of forming more robust structures.
In addition, there are also the purchase of facilities shut down by companies that have gone for cloud service consumption. The end result is a significant growth in the number of data centers connected to cloud providers.
Trends for the data center market
An estimate by the Gartner Group indicates that by 2022, 80 percent of large North American companies will have completely shut down their own data centers. Another survey from the Cisco Global Cloud Index points to an increase in cloud data traffic of 3.7 times between 2015 and 2020, from 3.9 zetabytes to 14.1 ZB. One zetabyte is one trillion gigabytes.
That same study indicates that by 2020, 92 percent of data processing will be done by cloud providers, compared to 8 percent for traditional data centers. It is also estimated that there will be significant growth in public cloud usage, which will account for 68% of all cloud processing load, compared to 49% in 2015.
Some technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data, will be responsible for a huge growth in the amount of data trafficked and processed by companies. Only IoT is expected to generate, by 2020, around 600 zetabytes of data per year. In turn, Big Data must be responsible for bringing the total data stored in data centers to around 915 exabytes, five times more than the total stored in 2015. One exabyte is one billion gigabytes.