[VIDEO] The State of the Data Center Industry: Energy and Redundancy11 min read
According to the most recent AFCOM State of the Data Center Industry report, organizations continue to invest in solutions which help improve overall redundancy levels. For power, N+1 is still primary, but N+2 redundancy designs are expected to grow by over 40% over the next three years. Similarly, N+1 redundancy is still primary for cooling as well, and like power, N+2 is also expected to grow over the next three years, though not as aggressively.
Conversely, rack densities are increasing (as we all know) and have reached a mean average of 7.3 kW in primary data centers, according to the report. With an ever-increasing amount of connected devices, this is only going to continue to grow. In fact, nearly 70% of respondents have indicated that their rack density has increased over the past three years.
What does all of this mean? Well, we can’t say for sure, but it does have an impact on how we power our data centers. One of which is in the investment in green technologies. While just 18% of respondents are actively involved in deploying renewable energy, an additional 50% are considering it within the next three years. That’s big, and the perceived benefits go far beyond helping your company/data center’s brand and corporate image.
For more information on the findings from the report, check out Bill Kleyman’s recent webinar titled, The State of the Data Center Industry – Annual Report, part of our 4th Annual Airflow Management Awareness Month webinar series.