In the next few years, many companies will feature hybrid models and telecommuting, with a combination of being in the office and working in a home environment. The more flexible an individual is, the more difficult it is for servers in data centers to work. It imposes demands on investments of various kinds.
The benefits of increasing telecommuting are obvious, in short, it is about securing the necessary competencies required to survive as a business. Ericsson’s plans are just one example of what is happening. Increased profitability can also come from lower office rents, lower electricity bills, and the like. PricewaterhouseCoopers He investigated this phenomenon and listed a number of aspects that may not be obvious. Easier hiring also contributes to reduced expenses.
More remote work requires more investment. Some of them are obvious, for example, employees need strong and durable laptops and access to fixed IT solutions for video conferencing, collaboration and more. Other necessary investments are difficult to determine, such as the need for new, and often very expensive, solutions for access and IT security.
Perhaps the type of investment that is easy to miss is the fact that more power is needed in our data centers. In many cases, it is related to service providers and cloud companies. But many companies still have their own data centers, which is not uncommon for more centralized areas of business. These data centers are overburdened today. The extent of the difference, but data on increases of 30 percent are not uncommon.
It may seem strange that more IT activity away from data centers means that the capacity and reliability of data centers must be enhanced. But without reliable hubs in the form of data centers, the distributed use of technology as a result of the trend of remote work will work worse and become uncertain.
– It’s not just about more servers to compute, more disks to store data and bigger keys to connect over the network and the Internet. More robust and reliable power supply and stable cooling solutions are just as important, says Daniel Prium, Vertiv’s Nordic Sales Director.
In addition to traditional large data centers, it is becoming increasingly common for new, often smaller, facilities to be built at the edge of networks (what is commonly called edge computing). They connect users and central data centers. Special requirements are often placed on this type of facility, for example due to lack of space. Vertiv, a leading supplier of data center equipment, notes this in several ways:
Many new data centers that become hubs for network traffic will run at full capacity. All the heat generated by this places huge demands on cooling, says Daniel Prium, Vertiv’s North Area Sales Director.
The increasing pressure on data centers is just one example of the spillover effects in terms of data center equipment requirements in the waves of the pandemic. But it’s important to keep in mind when planning next year’s budget.
Vertiv is a leading provider of hardware, software, analytics and data center services. The range includes products for power supply, cooling, and IT infrastructure, as well as services for everything from the cloud to the outer edges of networks. In addition to cost-effectiveness, the focus is on availability and sustainability. Vertiv is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The company has nearly 20,000 employees and operates in more than 130 countries, including Sweden.