The “Gen Z Effect” on Data Center Operations

A generation more tech-savvy and data friendly than Millennials, is set to change the technology world. Generation Z, also known as the Cloud Generation or iGen, is anyone born around 2000 and later. There are no real set start and end birth years for this generation yet, but they are usually defined as the birth cohort following Millennials. The oldest members of Generation Z are around 17 or 18 and have grown up in a world with WiFi, hotspots and constant connectivity.

The expectation of connectivity and knowledge of technology is leading this generation to change the technology, and data center, worlds in big ways. Similar to Millennials, Generation Z is going to continue pushing data collection and consumption even further and creating enormous amounts of data. 35.5 percent of those in Generation Z admit to spending and average of six to 10 hours per day on their mobile devices. This doesn’t include the time they may be spending on laptops, smart TV’s or other devices. As this trend of increasing data consumption continues, the demand on, and for, data centers will increase also.

Generation Z expects near real time results from their devices, which is helping edge computing and the Internet of Things grow and become an integral part of data center operations. Companies are embracing the role of data centers in their everyday operations to keep up with demand from Generation Z. By using data centers and edge computing, data can be analyzed and sent back to the end user almost instantly.

Consumers are what drive tech companies to constantly innovate. As Generation Z continues to adapt to new technology even quicker than Millennials, it’s becoming more challenging for companies to keep up. Generation Z will continue to expect smart devices in every part of their life. As they move on and eventually become homeowners, they will expect to be able to control their household appliances with apps. As they enter the workplace, they will demand their work devices to be at least as good, or better, then what they use at home.

Generation Z is also more concerned about privacy and security. This means as they use new apps on their devices, they are expecting a higher level of privacy and security and may not embrace apps or devices that don’t provide this. Data centers allow for companies to house their data in a more secure way. Most data centers are designed to withstand both internal and external threats, as well as natural disasters. This means less chance for outages of any kind, giving Generation Z both security and constant connectivity.

As Generation Z becomes the most frequent consumers of new technology, tech companies will begin to create products aimed at this market and data centers will continue to adapt to the increasing amount of data being consumed.

For more information on Generation Z and how they will affect data center operations and demands, please contact our team today.