10 Surprising Ways Data Racks Will Be Different In 20 Years
Data rack technology is continually having to adjust to power demands, and the need to more efficiently deal with overheating and cooling within data centres. Data racks, which provide the basic framework for containing servers, switches, and other equipments, are likely to go through some major changes in the next 20 years.
While it’s difficult to predict exactly how they’ll change, there are a few current trends that could expand to make the form and function of data racks much more surprising and unusual. From micro and modular sizes to cable-less power, and the prospect of data racks in space, the following list represents some future data rack predictions.
Surprising Ways Data Racks
1 – Micro Data Centres
Data racks could be combined into single blocks, effectively representing entire racks for densely clustered servers. These blocks could be placed in outdoor locations to make the most of natural cooling, and will be remotely controlled and monitored.
2 – New Server Sizes
How data racks change will depend on developments in servers. Smaller, more efficient servers that can handle the same amount of processing power are likely, with data racks being able to handle more and more power within a single unit.
3 – Direct and Alternative Power
Alternatives to AC power for data racks in data centres is likely, whether through DC power for reduced energy consumption and longer lasting power, through to the chance to exploit solar power and other renewable sources.
4 – More Remote Locations
Data racks could end up appearing in more and more remote locations around the world, to the point where they become almost invisible to the public. With cloud computing expected to become more universal in the future, we may see data racks and centres in the middle of the ocean, the desert, or buried underground.
5 – Open Racks
Facebook have been developing an Open Rack standard, whereby racks become taller, deeper, and wider to combine more servers into the same unit. In this context, expect to see supersized racks containing multiple servers as one of the most striking images of the future.
6 – Cable-less Power
Another potential surprise for future data racks will be the removal of tangled cables, and the connection of servers and racks to bus bars and power shelves, making data centres more power efficient.
7 – Convertibility
Future racks may yet surprise us by how easily they can be scaled up and down into flexible parts. Again, this is dependent on how server technology changes, but expect to see racks that can be turned into complex shapes and sizes.
8 – Global Standardisation
Racks of the future may yet be surprising by how much they’ll represent a standard model, with data centres consolidating and becoming more internationally managed as countries and corporations look for efficient power and security solutions.
9 – Dependence on Renewable Energy
Depending on how the world continues to deal with renewable energy challenges, don’t be surprised to see data racks of the future drawing much more on kinetic and other renewable energy sources to power components.
10 – Outer Space
Possibly a fantasy, but difficult to tell given the rate of technological advancement, some server companies have discussed the possibility of building data centres and racks in space, which will, in theory, be powered by the Sun and other energy sources, with the ultimate aim of harnessing renewable, clean power.
About Author :- Rob James is a technophile spreading his love for data racks, fibre optic cables, and network switches – everyone loves these right? He can be found blogging about the many aspects of technology and specializes in geekology.