The changing world of data center design

We are living in times of quick change and innovation; communication is changing with services such as Twitter, WhatsApp and Ping, knowledge is at our fingertips with blogs and wikis used worldwide, and Cloud computing is giving us access to computer resources using a mouse click and a credit-card. This pace of innovation can also be seen in data center design. I believe we have seen more innovation in data center infrastructure in the past five years than we did the previous 15. A lot of this innovation is driven by the mega-service operators; delivering these cloud and social media services.


The concept behind large scale data centers was to deliver services worldwide, but they quickly ran in to problems with design and build. Besides the long lead times to deliver an operational data center to businesses, there were high operational costs associated with running a mega data center. The mega-service operators built their own innovative solutions for problems such as cooling, but a lot of these problems stimulated the data center vendors to follow this industry change. Many developments, such as the modular deployment of a data center, alternative cooling solutions and the disappearance of the raised floor, have origins in the development of mega data centers.

The social media and cloud services that the mega data centers delivered gave a new impulse to development because the innovation could be shared more easily using blogs like datacenterknowledge.com, and new industry groups like DatacenterPulse.org. Some organizations like Facebook took this a step further. They started the OpenCompute.org project where they publicly share data center designs so people can learn from them and contribute to the design. They open sourced data center design, like software developers share their code with open source projects.

Sharing the design is stimulating data center designers around the world to think outside the box and beyond the traditional way of working, whilst also helping to push the data center industry forward. When initially looking at data center development, the founders of EvoSwitch knew that sustainability, innovation and scale where important factors in running an efficient operation. This is now part of the EvoSwitch DNA. We are stepping up the efforts to find better solutions by playing a bigger part in sustainability and data center industry initiatives. This blog is part of that effort.

We believe that by pushing the data center industry forward, we will be able to deliver better, more efficient and sustainable solutions to our customers.

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