At CentriLogic’s data centre launch, Info-Tech Research Group’s VP of Research and Development Davin Juusola said that there will be a twenty to thirty fold increase in the amount of data consumption in the next decade.
Juusola explained that we may see some of the most successful CIOs in history because of the perfect storm of technology trends that mobility is driving. So in retrospect, perhaps it is fitting that CentriLogic launched a data centre in Toronto last Thursday.
The data centre is 16,000 square feet in a sealed downtown floor of a downtown Toronto office building, a stone’s throw away from some of Canada’s largest corporations. They offer co-location, hybrid hosting solutions, managed services, and cloud computing (public, private and hybrid cloud).
President and CEO Robert Offley believes that data should have both a global and local touch. While we access data globally, Offley said that the segregation of data between countries is important for security purposes. In fact, this data centre model is so local compared to the massive server farms in North Carolina that you could even eventually segregate by Toronto neighbourhood. It’s not improbable—CentriLogic has many partners like Dell, HP, Oracle, Cisco, vmWare, and more that could help them deploy more data centres in the future.
28% of IT departments deployed the cloud in 2011, a 75% increase from the year before. The cloud is expected to increase data demand as reliance on hard drives continues to fade in favour of collaborative and more accessible data solutions from anyplace, anywhere, and anytime. Once BYOD is addressed in an IT department, as 77% state unmanaged devices is the number one problem in their organization, secure mobility should allow for the cloud to skyrocket further in popularity.
Juusola added that it is all about how companies use the data to drive business solutions. For example, Amazon is one of the best e-commerce companies in the world at this. As a result, Wal-Mart has come to view them as their biggest competitor.
However, 80% of data is still expected to be unstructured according to Info-Tech. I mentioned IBM has taken steps towards tackling this challenge with the largest private team of mathematicians last Fall.
Juusola contended though that there is so much stuff that has yet to happen and so many things that haven’t been built. That makes it pretty hard to predict the future.
Still, one thing that did seem clear is that the data storage industry will be booming for years to come, despite whether all of it can be quantified or not.