The data centers that are currently powering revolutionary trends like AI and digital transformation are in some ways victims of their own success. Next-gen server technology has enabled massive leaps in processing and storage, which has created increasing demand for more of the same.
Unfortunately, yesterday’s models for upgrading or deploying data center facilities are too slow, costly and inefficient to remain a viable option for meeting this demand. What’s needed are new models based on the concept of circularity and the ideas behind the Open Compute Project (OCP). These will help foster sustainable data centers and equip them with the best server hardware at the most accessible price point.
Adopting these new models doesn’t just enable data center operators to move faster and achieve better results. It’s also surprisingly easy, quick and cost-effective. Here are three reasons why.
1. Faster Time to Value (TTV)
Conventional data center deployments have long been hampered by in long planning cycles, fragile supply chains and huge staffing requirements. When buying server hardware, data center operators are expected to fill the role of fortune tellers, trying to predict where customer demand will be in six months’ time. That’s almost impossible to do in an industry that’s evolving so quickly.
A circular data center model allows for much more agility. Taking inspiration from the SaaS trends of the software industry, it gives operators the ability to scale or update on the fly using “building block” designs based on Open Compute principles. This helps IT leaders safeguard their data center investment with faster TTV while satisfying ever-changing customer demands for AI/ML, Kubernetes and more.
2. Lower TCO, Higher ROI
Typically, the biggest rewards in hyperscale technology have been reserved for the biggest actors. They have the resources to build server hardware to their specifications. And they get to cut out the middle man, giving them the opportunity to capitalize on economies of scale and move faster.
Anyone outside of that tiny group typically has to get in line and settle for one-size-fits-all systems from OEMs. These OEM systems also come with vendor lock-in that will restrict data center facilities’ future options for support and upgrade.
New rack-scale solutions based on open architecture are changing this relationship, creating new opportunities for lower TCO and higher ROI. The higher-density configurations solutions pack more of everything into a standard footprint. Smart designs like centralized cooling and power substantially increase operational efficiency while lowering energy consumption. Furthermore, modular systems can be preconfigured and optimized to quickly give data center operators the best server hardware for their specific needs, ready to deploy from the start.
3. Improved Access and Sustainability
In the same way that new models are making the tech previously reserved for the largest cloud service providers available to the broader market, they are making sustainability profitable for everyone.
This stems from the recognition that the same exclusivity surrounding hyperscale technology has also limited the wider ability to prioritize and profit from sustainable practices. Data centers outside the enclave of global hyperscalers have been forced to focus either on the economy or the environment—but not both.
Today’s reimagined models instead treat sustainable data centers as the norm rather than a luxury. They understand that power and cooling efficiency, for example, translates to important cost savings that make modest IT budgets go even further.By the same token, they also ensure that high-performance hardware is no longer the sole domain of a select few. In fact, when IT leaders buy server hardware that follows Open Compute Project principles, they’re tapping into the pooled expertise of an entire industry. And when that’s augmented by circular economic models that turn cutting-edge hyperscale technology into a self-replenishing resource, everyone benefits.
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For even more detail on the advantages and use cases of Sesame and the new data center models, have a look at our white paper on this subject. It delves into the three challenges facing data center investment and how Sesame solves for them all. And if you’d like to explore your options with the help of expert guidance, reach out to us today for a free consultation.
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