The growth of the cloud and big data analytics has led to increased demand for facilities that can securely store and process large amounts of data that regularly change. Hyperscale data centers meet this demand as large facilities equipped to securely and reliably house tremendous amounts of fluctuating data in the most efficient way possible, catering to tech giants such as an Amazon or a Microsoft.
The US currently leads the world in the number of hyperscale data centers with approximately 135 facilities, but this number is expected to double in the coming years as the amount of data driving our world increases.
It is expected that by 2020, hyperscale data centers will make up 47 percent of data center facilities. Many factors contribute to this forecasted growth, and it is important for data center management and IT professionals to pay attention to what these centers are doing right.
The average cost incurred by a data center outage has increased from $505,502 in 2010 to more than$740,000 today. As this cost ratio continuously grows, it could mean the average cost of an outage in the future could reach to $1.1 million. This increasingly significant cost makes maintaining uptime in hyperscale facilities critical to keep the center and the information inside, up and resilient. Hyperscale data centers are equipped with servers and technology designed to not get overwhelmed, keeping operations online through various influxes of data.
Since hyperscale data centers deal with large amounts of data, it is important to acknowledge the need to implement an energy-saving plan to cut facility costs and protect IT equipment. Shutting down idle servers and adopting innovative cooling strategies are two ways hyperscale data centers operate at lower costs. Adopting hybrid cooling systems prevents the center from having to use the air conditioning constantly to keep equipment and employees cool, which in a facility of large size could be costly. Smaller data centers have also picked up on this trend in creating energy-efficient operations in their facilities as well.
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