The data centre industry is ever-changing, driven by the ongoing disruption in data volumes, big data, cloud computing and other technologies. This year, we will definitely see more big trends emerge, below are three of the big ones we think will get even bigger over the course of 2016.
- Aftermath of Safe Habour – the annulment of the Safe Harbour agreement by the European Court of Justice caused some disruption to the data centre industry in 2015 but in the aftermath, the focus has shifted to the European Commission’s imminent changes to EU laws on data protection and privacy. These changes will be the key talking points during this year and the issue of compliance will be higher up the business agenda than ever before. Previously, there was a clear distinction between the responsibilities of the data controller and those of the data processor and all the legal obligations have been on the controller to date. This will now change. For the data centre sector, this means big legislative changes and penalties will become more severe and difficult to avoid.
- The impact of Internet of Things (IoT) – according to Gartner, IoT will have 26 billion units installed by 2020. In 2016, we will start to see the impact of this on data centres in two ways. One, it will impact the future of data centre architectures due to the huge volume of data that will need to be processed. Secondly, it will also impact the management of data centres through the introduction of new device types which will be directly connected to things such security systems.
- Climate change reform – 2015 ended with the historic Paris deal between 200 countries on Climate Change and Emissions. In 2016, we think there will be a major focus on the role that the data centre industry can play in this reform. Data centres will endeavour to show their commitment to improve efficiency and reduce wasted energy. Last year Volta met the Government’s energy efficiency requirements and was granted a Climate Change Agreement (CCA) which demonstrates our commitment to managing our carbon footprint. The CCA was granted after base data from Volta’s electricity consumption for the last two years was recorded. Energy efficiency targets will now be met in order for the data centre to receive its Climate Change Levy. Managing carbon impact through a CCA provides colocations data centres like Volta with an aligned process that takes into account the fast growing industry.
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