Companies have long relied on IT systems to fuel operations, but increased data has necessitated a consolidated and reliable way to track digital information. In the 1980s, following corporate realisation that IT resources were growing exponentially, the first data centres were set up. Data centres are physical spaces that manage the storage, processing and distributing of mass data. Essentially, they act as the brain of a company or organisation.
A lot has changed since the dot com boom. Thanks to the adoption of innovative technologies like the Internet of Things, data centres now handle greater amounts of information and manage more complicated processes. As well as this, they also provide off site data back ups. IDC has predicted that the number of global data centres will peak this year, reaching 8.6 million. This is thought to be the result of the evolution from modest internal facilities to ‘mega data centres’ run by major providers.
Although data centres are vital to the running of large data driven companies, they are criticised for their high energy consumption. In fact, worldwide data centres have the same carbon footprint as the global airline industry. As more companies invest in data centres, there is a growing need to pursue green energy options. Without proper security, centres can also present a huge opportunity for cybercriminals. However, by using modern IT solutions like standardisation and visualisation, companies can protect their systems and encourage all round efficiency.