Taming the Data Center Crush of Big Data

Big data. The Internet of Things. The information explosion. No matter what it’s called, the coming rush of data is bound to put a significant strain on everything from data centers to networks to security.

The numbers are staggering:

  • By the year 2020, 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human on the planet
  • 1.2 trillion searches are done each year
  • Facebook users view 2.77 million videos every minute
  • In 2015, 1 trillion photos have been taken with many shared online
  • By 2020, there will be 6.1 billion smart phones globally
  • By 2020, a third of all data will pass through the cloud
  • 73 percent of organizations plan to invest in big data by 20161

And that’s just personal data. According to Forbes, agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and the public sector are implementing big data strategies to realize cost savings across the board. The use of sensors in these industries to gather data — such as speed, pitch and oil temperature for a wind turbine or humidity and air pressure for a jet engine — can provide greater efficiencies, safety and responsiveness. In manufacturing, big data analytics is expected to have a major impact with 49 percent of manufacturers expecting to use analytics to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Put together, this information is going to be huge. By 2020, CSC estimates that the total data production will expand to 35 zetabytes – or the equivalent to 7.35 trillion single-sided DVDs (that’s roughly 286 stacks of DVDs to the moon).

Let’s take a look at the cloud. Data Center Knowledge says that global spending on Infrastructure-as-a-Service is expected to reach $16.5 billion in 2015, an increase of 32.8 percent from the year prior. By 2019, the compound annual growth rate is expected to hit 29.1 percent over 2014. That means more data flowing through networks and data centers. And managing this data is going to require a resilient data center at heart of it all.

“Data centers are continually evolving to keep up with the growing needs for capacity, performance and uptime,” said Steven Anson, vice president of marketing for data center solutions at Anixter. “At the same time, data center managers will need to anticipate future needs and the impact of these needs on their budgets.”

However, there are five simple steps you can take to scale to meet future requirements:

  1. Installing more cabling and infrastructure capacity
  2. Building sustainable and efficient power and cooling into your data center
  3. Increasing efficiency and sustainability with the proper racks and cabinets
  4. Physically securing the data center and its critical assets
  5. Optimizing infrastructure resources through stringent environmental monitoring (e.g., temperature, humidity, power and cooling)

For data centers, an integrated layered approach is perhaps the best strategy to meet the coming explosion brought about by big data. It’s a smart move to start planning now for power, cooling, risk and networking needs that will become essential in the future.

To learn more about data center best practices, trends and strategies, visit anixter.com/datacenter.


1 http://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2015/09/30/big-data-20-mind-boggling-facts-everyone-must-read/