Businesses refine their approach to scaling infrastructure for big data

The future is less cloudy for businesses as new innovation in the data centre helps IT departments rediscover the value of on-premise infrastructure.

Data is at the heart of nearly every successful company today, driving new innovation and boosting productivity. According to IBM, 90% of the data in the world today was created in the last two years alone at a rate of 2.5 quintillion bytes per day.

While big data is creating opportunities to drive new kinds of business value with intelligence and analytics tools, the sheer size and complexity of the data is placing a heavy strain on existing infrastructure as ever-growing workloads cause server equipment to overheat and drive up costs. This is eating into IT resources and forcing organisations, large and small, to rethink their data centre strategies.

Many businesses have utilised third-party cloud computing platforms from the likes of Amazon Web Services, Google CloudPlatfom and Microsoft Azure to shift as many resource-draining workloads from their physical premises as possible. However, concerns over security and privacy – as well as regulatory-driven preferences to not stretch absolutely everything beyond geographical borders – have helped form a wide-reaching consensus that mission-critical data should be kept on-premise.  

Meanwhile, one of the most preached benefits of cloud, namely that it is a cheaper alternative to on-premise, has been challenged as organisations discover just how quickly cloud costs can grow when future IT requirements are inevitably underestimated and the cost-per-usage model suddenly starts working against them.

These factors have led to the realisation that some data centre resources are most definitely best situated within the immediate physical reach of an organisation, causing businesses to seek a solution that emulates the scalability and performance of the cloud while also keeping costs and security under control. 

Micro data centres house less than ten servers and 100 virtual machines, converging compute, storage and networking components with all of the necessary power, security and cooling in a much smaller physical footprint than traditional infrastructure. The result is a solution that allows businesses to enjoy the ability to scale according to their needs while also keeping complete control over their data. Liquid cooling vendor Iceotope reports 70% reductions in energy bills from micro data centre deployments and space savings of up to 75%.

Iceotope’s cooling systems, a core component of a micro data centre, are proven to reduce cooling energy consumption by 80% and use coolants that are 1000 times better at removing heat than air. The technology allows businesses to get the most from server infrastructure and reduce footprint – providing significant cost savings and enhancing the overall business case for a micro data centre.