Although the last two years have presented businesses with unprecedented challenges, data centers have shown themselves to be a reliable partner in organizations’ efforts to reinvent their IT infrastructure and networking strategies. As digital transformation efforts acquire traction and support across different industries, this successful partnership will continue until 2022.

After 2021, it’s time to look ahead to some of the data center trends in 2022 that will influence the colocation and cloud hosting industries in the coming year.

1. Growth of Edge Computing:

With more people signing up for digital content services and IoT devices flooding the market, demand for high availability and low latency networks will be higher than ever in 2022. Organizations aiming to improve their IT flexibility and provide a better customer experience might use existing colocation data centers in essential regions to expand their edge computing capabilities. Instead of concentrating their assets in a few hyperscale cloud facilities, businesses can build a flexible network that keeps data close to end users while maximizing performance.

Many remote workers would migrate to more affordable locales that lack the substantial infrastructure seen in major metro areas, necessitating this flexibility. Edge computing will ensure that people continue to have access to high-speed networks for both work and recreational activities.

2. Fewer Data Center Outages:

Another data center trend to look forward to in 2022 is “Data center reliability” which has been on an upward trajectory over the last few years.

According to a 2021 study by the Uptime Institute, “69% of data center owners and operators experienced some kind of outage over a three-year period, which was a marked improvement from 78% for the three years to 2020.”

Data centers are now significantly more stable than a decade ago because of ongoing investments in infrastructure redundancy and disaster recovery technologies. More enterprises will be forced to migrate their IT stack out of outdated, unstable on-premises infrastructure in 2022, as many facilities already use multi-cloud deployments and edge computing architecture to ensure data and essential applications stay available.

3. Improved Energy Efficiency:

As data center breakdowns frequently involve on-site power, initiatives to improve system uptime typically benefit from improving energy efficiency. Innovative DCIM platforms now employ sophisticated monitoring to gather data on power and cooling systems so that AI-powered software can enhance their efficiency.

These tools have already been deployed in some of the world’s most advanced data centers, such as UnitedLayer. We will continue to make our way into more retail colocation facilities throughout 2022 to give improved performance and value to colocation customers.

In 2022, public and regulatory pressure to reduce the data center environmental effect should gain greater traction.

Read more: How Are Data Centers Cutting Carbon Emissions?

4. Security Enhancements:

“The global data center security market is expected to grow from $6.9 billion in 2019 to a stunning $21.8 billion by 2026.”

Organizations will need better security systems to secure their sensitive data and apps as they develop their remote workforces and hybrid IT solutions. Data centers offer a unique combination of physical protection and cybersecurity techniques that can aid in the combat against ransomware and DDoS attacks, making them a desired option for security-conscious businesses in 2022.

5. Cloud Diversification:

The days of an organization’s technological demands being met by a single public cloud provider are quickly fading. Another data center trend 2022 is flexible hybrid and multi-cloud deployments which will give the flexibility and capacity required for true digital transformation.

This transformation was well underway before 2022, but it will continue to accelerate as the lines between cloud and colocation services grow less rigid. Companies across many industries will be able to effortlessly relocate, alter, and redeploy workloads to fit fluctuating business demands and changing customer demand by using the capabilities of numerous cloud providers.

This technique also avoids the dreaded limits of vendor lock-in and assures that enterprises are not caught off guard if a provider’s infrastructure goes down. The ability to quickly react to the unexpected is a significant competitive advantage, as the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated in 2020 and 2021. Developing more adaptable infrastructures should thus remain a top priority in 2022.

Next Generation Data Centers:

Many new technologies are used in next-generation data centers, including:

  • Software Defined Control: Software-defined technologies serve as the logical layer of next-generation data centers, enabling improved control of physical and virtual resources.
  • Automation: Streamlining procedures and lowering the strain of manual upkeep—is one of the top priorities of a next-generation data center. Dynamically allocating resources results in significantly more efficiency and less space for error.
  • Machine Learning: Machine learning and cognitive computing are widely used in high-tech data centers to learn from real-time data and adapt performance on the fly.

Prepare for the Challenges of 2022 with UnitedLayer

UnitedLayer, with over 40,000 square feet of fully redundant data center space, provides the secure, interconnected infrastructure that organizations require to thrive in the years ahead.

Our colocation services are built on innovation, which allows our network of data centers to maximize uptime, security, and resiliency.

To learn more about how UnitedLayer can help your organization step into 2022 with confidence, talk to one of our solutions experts today.

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