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What's Fashionable in Power and Data Centres for 2019

Published by Jason Koffler on 11 December 2018

It pays to take a close look at these trends to keep your corporation at the forefront of its industry. Here are some data centre and power trends researchers have identified as critically important for 2019:

Critical Power for Data Centres Will Move to Modular

According to a November 2018 article by tech writer Chris Owens, data centres can make huge gains in uninterruptible power supply (UPS) efficiency when they switch to modular systems, such as the Riello Multipower, the Eaton 93PM Modular UPS, or similar systems. He points out that with tomorrow’s demand for more data and deeper data analyses, the need to store and process that data will likely grow. Along with those increased demands will come an increased need for more electricity to power a company’s server rooms, he adds. With no need for transformers and a more compact size than a conventional tower UPS system, these systems run more efficiently and can scale vertically or horizontally to meet companies’ critical power needs. Modular systems, Owens points out, have the capability to match their capacity to the load, which will save more energy—and ultimately cut costs. As a company grows, they can increase their capacity by adding more power modules, making these systems one of the hottest trends for 2019’s data centres.

Cloud and Edge Computing Will Continue to Rise in Popularity

Writing in Forbes, Villanova professor Steve Andriole contends for an increased use of edge computing, in which data storage, processing, and displaying take place beyond a company’s centralised location to the edge of their network. Edge computing, he points out, exploits microservices architecture, sending chunks of application functionality to edge devices. This, in turn, will “expan[d] computing power indefinitely,” he says.
Cisco, Network World’s Michael Cooney predicts, will offer more cloud platforms and more cloud support services than ever before, based on its 2018 moves. Its joint work with Amazon Web Services and Google in Kubernetes clusters for private data centres and Amazon’s cloud promises an increased investment in the cloud.

High-speed data centre networking, too, will be on tap for Cisco networking, says Cooney. With its 2017 acquisition of Viptela, Cisco plans to fully integrate Viptela’s technology to speed up data centre networking with Viptela’s SD-WAN technology. The company also plans to build more security features to its SD-WAN products.

Flexible Microservice Architectures Will Come to the Fore.

Another trend Andriole predicts is the displacement of what he calls “monolithic architectures” by microservices. As he points out, microservices are more flexible, more easily distributed, and more scalable than their predecessors.
Furthermore, many of the emerging network models, such as edge computing, extended governance models, and the cloud all use microservices. Data centres would be wise to look at replacing their clunky old architecture with a more streamlined one with microservices.

Data Centre Upgrades Will See a Big Push.

Data centre solution provider Tripp Lite plans a major 2019 push to promote data centre upgrades. These upgrades, designed to increase a data centre’s efficiency and cut operating costs, will begin with a thorough evaluation of a company’s existing infrastructure and systems.
A team of sales engineers will analyse the savings the company can realise by upgrading to LED lighting, more efficient cooling and airflow management, and an updated power distribution unit (PDU). A Tripp Lite PDU is available with remote monitoring, making remote diagnostics possible—saving even more money. To promote the need for data centres to analyse their current system, Tripp Lite plans to offer companies a free, no-obligation IT infrastructure assessment.

Better Battery Technology a Major Need for Data Centres in 2019.

According to the International Turbo Machinery Magazine, critical power needs will rise during the coming year, making it necessary for companies to have more access to energy at critical times through battery storage. With declining costs and rising needs, battery storage, says the turbomachinery industry’s premier journal, has become ‘the Swiss Army knife of energy’ for data centres and other facilities that have huge critical power needs.

Temporary Gas Generators for Data Centres’ Critical Power Needs.

The Data Center Journal reports that natural gas generators will soon become data centres’ go-to power source during outages. Cleaner-burning and much less costly, natural gas generators cut costs and minimise energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Traditional diesel generators present costly logistical challenges when refuelling. During power outages due to storms and other natural disasters, these challenges multiply considerably.

According to the report, data centres in Ireland have already begun to phase in temporary gas generators. With these generators’ excellent cost efficiency, data centres may consider gas generators to supply even the mains’ power needs in the near future.

UPS Recycling Options Will Grow.

An entire reselling industry has sprung up over the past few years. As UPS systems age and companies replace them with new modular UPS systems, this industry will certainly grow during the coming year. Recouping the cost of investment in the original equipment makes good financial sense for companies looking to trim costs.Not only does it make sense financially, but it also makes good sense for the environment. Some companies, such as Critical Power, offer disposal of old equipment through the WEEE initiative when data centres trade in their old UPS or trade up to a new, more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly system.

Greater power efficiency results in lower operating costs for corporations that replace ageing systems with today’s latest developments. With Critical Power Supplies, you won’t have to guess about which design gives you the most efficiency for the money.
Our data centre design team can help you create the perfect solution for your company. With highly trained engineers, we will design your data centre to take advantage of all the industry’s latest trends. If you need to trade in your old components and trade up to new ones, we can help you save money, save energy, and enjoy a cleaner environment.

The Critical Power Supplies sales team can sit down with you and your data centre personnel to show you how your data centre can get off to the right start in the coming year. Contact us today.