10 Data Center Predictions For 2013

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Taking Their Cues From The Largest Data Centers

Many of the key design elements of data centers recently opened or in the process of building by such large services providers as Amazon, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft will filter into nearly every new data center project starting in 2013, especially stand-alone data centers for multitenant use.

Such design elements include natural cooling, which replaces air conditioning with outside air to cut cooling costs, new ways to funnel hot and cold air without the need for expensive raised flooring, and replacing most, if not all, branded servers and storage equipment with low-cost custom-built hardware, some of which isn't even enclosed in a chassis.

That latter item, the nonproprietary hardware, could also be of interest to solution providers looking to provide low-cost hardware options to customers expanding their corporate data centers.


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