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Data Center Stories: A Look Back

Dateline: 29 Dec 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, data center professionals and pundits are offering their takes on the past year as well as what might be in store for 2016. Rather than focusing solely on the past year or offering predictions that are as likely as not to come true, however, I decided to take a look back at the past half-decade or so of Data Center Journal stories. In particular, this “retrospective” considers some of the main themes that have marked recent years in this publication’s effort to provide a holistic view of the industry. Numerous professionals have contributed invaluable insights into the technical and market details of data centers, but the overarching goal has been to offer a broader context for understanding these details. With that, here is a look back five-plus years of major themes that have colored the Data Center Journal’s coverage of the industry.

 

Energy Is King

The biggest theme in data centers is certainly energy—a facet of the industry that weaves through the business, technical, political and environmental aspects of operating a facility. Efforts to reduce energy consumption, and thereby reduce operating expenses, have driven a number of trends, ranging from virtualization to consolidation to improved cooling design (e.g., the use of free cooling, hot/cold-aisle containment, liquid cooling and so on). Big-name data center operators have made a sport of achieving (and boasting about) their ultra-low PUEs, sometimes in the 1.0–1.1 range. Yet these efforts have failed to placate some, who would prefer to see regulations that impose industry-wide efficiency standards.


But the energy situation overall is not exactly what one might expect from the occasionally shrill rhetoric. Energy consumption in the U.S., for instance, has largely plateaued since the year 2000 (perhaps uncoincidentally, about the time of the dot-com bust) according to Energy Information Administration data.

 

Read more: http://www.datacenterjournal.com/data-center-stories-a-look-back/

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