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5 tech trends that will impact data centres in the future

Bonnie Gardiner | May 26, 2015
These changes will impact IT departments with flow on effects for business units and the c-suite.

At Gartner's Infrastructure, Operations & Data Centre Summit in Sydney, research analyst, David Cappuccio, detailed new trends that are likely to impact IT operations and data centres of the future.

"A lot of the time, clients are so busy trying to keep the lights on, or just getting last month's project done, that they don't have time to look down the road and see what's coming and how that might impact them," said Cappuccio.

"So what things are we not paying attention to that might affect us, down the road? This presentation is about these things. Some are societal, some are technology, some are organisational, some are intertwined, and some are not," he said.

Below are the first 5 of Cappuccio's top 10 IT trends that are likely to have either a short or long term impact on IT operations.

1. Non-stop demand

"This will be on the list forever - it's the mantra of IT. Whatever you're doing it, do more of it, do it faster and do it cheaper," he says.

"Clients say to us, we know this is all important for the business, and we've got to be agile, but by the way, we still have to keep the lights on, we still have to run IT."

Gartner's latest research shows that almost three quarters of IT budgets were used on general maintenance and just keep all the existing physical systems running and up to date. Meanwhile, workloads continue to grow 10 per cent annually around the world.

Network bandwidth has 35 per cent annual growth rates, on average, power costs have growth rates of 20 per cent, and storage capacity 50 per cent, which equates to around 600 per cent growth in storage capacity over the next five years in storage alone.

"What's not mentioned much is input/output. I talk to people now with heavily virtualised data centres and they're talking about I/O growth rates of four to five times on a year-on-year basis," says Cappaccio.

These are the demands that the business doesn't see, and that IT is expected to solve without impacting on what the business thinks is more important.

"It's forcing us to expand our networks and to make a lot of changes to how we design infrastructure to support that."

2. Every business unit is a technology startup

Business units are now making decisions that are technically IT decisions - so how do IT leaders deal with that?

"Every business unit is a technology startup now, and their perception is that the IT team are just too slow, they can't react fast enough for us so we have to do it ourselves," says Cappuccio.


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