FLEXIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE DYNAMIC DATA CENTER WRITTEN BY MARC CRAM , CDCD
Transformation is another word for change .
And like it or not , the data center is no more immune to transformation and change than is our daily lives .
The physical infrastructure , the software , and the demands placed upon them both vary moment by moment , day by day . In search of the holy grail of computing , data center managers seek the new , the innovative , the revolutionary , and embrace change .
Yesterday ’ s mainframe computing gave way to the PC , which drove the need for networks , and then servers in turn . Notebooks killed the desktop , and smartphones have in turn reduced the need for laptops . To have a truly smart phone , however , requires a continuous flow of data and AI that today both live in a remote data center . Smartphones both generate and consume massive amounts of information daily , forcing data centers to adapt along the way to the rising needs of the world ’ s two billion smartphone users .
Moore ’ s law delivered successive generations of faster , more efficient processors for both the smartphone and the data center server . Thanks to Moore ’ s Law , three years ( two CPU generations ) between server replacement was once the norm for data center owners .
A recent slowdown in the CPU development cycle due to issues with semiconductor scaling is leading to numerous changes elsewhere in the data center as a means of growing throughput and capacity . p