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Bring on the Zettastructure!

This year’s DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards featured finalists from Norway, the UAE, The Netherlands, Turkey, Greece, Luxembourg, Spain, Ireland, Finland, even from as far afield as Djibouti and of course including United Kingdom. There have been more entries, and a more diverse group of winners, because technology has made the process of entering the awards easier, and simplified the process of judging them.

Awards are an intrinsic part of any industry. They are the way in which individuals and organizations share their triumphs. It is inspiring to see organizations that are willing to enter, to be judged and to be compared with their peers, because they all passionately believe that they are leaders in their field. Sharing these successes will drive this industry forward.

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2016 - the birth of the Zettastructure

In 2015, DatacenterDynamics’ events have consolidated to just 23 bigger, bolder events attempting to drive a new conversation that we believe will be pivotal to future of the industry. In this conversation the ‘North of the rack’ meets the ‘South of the Rack’, and the physical and logical worlds will collide.

This convergence needs a new dictionary, which we hope to develop in 2016 with your help and participation.

At DCD Europe in London I implored delegates to get out of their comfort zones, and go to sessions which challenged them with new perspectives. Seeking these perspectives is something we should all do every day, as the pace of change is blistering.

In any period of transition, there are always scare-mongers. Every conference, and the media, are repeating the same slogans: “Software is eating the world”…. “Cloud is eating colo”….. “You are being commoditized”.

Maybe so, but data centers are a resilient industry which can move with the times, understanding what these changes mean, and responding as individuals and companies. The role of the data center manager is constantly changing, as is that of the CIO and all other advisors and consultants in this dynamic sector.

In 2016, you are going to hear us talk about the “ZettaStructure” – the layers of infrastructure that support the digital world. We are entering the zettabyte era, where billions of connected devices make up the Internet of Things - and in this world, data center skills will shine. The best practices we have developed as an industry will spread far beyond the walls of the data center, into the fabric of society.

The next few years are going to be really exciting.

Readers' comments (1)

  • I read with great interest the article which Dan shared regarding how the Internet of things (IOT) is going to affect all of our lives via connected devices. There are various estimates which range from 30 50 billion devices being "connected" by 2020; that's just 4 short years away. The majority of these devices will be personal / domestic devices. That level of connectivity will drive a further wave of data centre expansion. Truly, we are now entering the age of tdata centres being the factories of the 21st century.
    However, the article also drew attention to how the connectivity will extend to the infrastructure which drive the data centre; basically the electrical & mechanical equipment.
    We are seeing tangible evidence from other industries which also incur high downtime costs, ( e.g. Oil & Gas), that they are now specifying the installation of sensors within new build equipment, thus ensuring the creation of data can be achieved. If sensors are installed they have realised that they risk building obsolescence into new equipment which has a nominal life of over twenty years. Their view is that how they will integrate all data and utilise it fully ( e.g. Via artificial intelligence etc), they can learn later, but if sensors are not installed in critical equipment now they are delaying the significant financial benefits available from having a "connected" multi site estate.
    As Dan says the pace of change is blistering - the winners will be those who adapt and adopt to those changes in the short term.

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