This follows on from a companion blog post that casts a critical eye at legacy IT infrastructure approaches—specifically, why they’re holding back sustainable data centers and access to hyperscale technology. If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check it out now.

 As outlined in that post as well as the white paper “3 Reasons to Adopt New Data Center Models,” the way we’ve typically gone about deploying and upgrading data center infrastructure isn’t keeping pace with technological change. Data center owners, service providers and enterprises who operate outside of the tiny enclave of global hyperscalers find themselves under constant pressure to eke top-tier performance out of fewer resources.

New models based on data center sustainability, open computing and the circular economy are emerging in response to the shortcomings of legacy approaches. And the upsides are huge. To name just a few: lower CapEx and OpEx costs, more freedom and flexibility, systems optimized for critical workloads like AI/ML, cloud-native and edge, a consistent and reliable supply chain and faster rates of return.

 In a nutshell, these new models are helping to put the best server hardware in everyone’s hands in ways that shrink their environmental and physical footprint while making the most of IT budgets.

What does the new data center model look like? 

There are several important features that distinguish the reimagined data center from the outdated legacy model.

  • Agile: The new data center isn’t a lumbering IT behemoth; it adapts and scales at the pace of business. AI servers? ML servers? Kubernetes orchestrations? These can all be implemented on the fly in response to—or anticipation of—customer demand.
  • Optimized: The days of off-the-shelf OEM solutions are over. Along with compute, storage and networking systems designed for discrete workloads like AI/ML, the new model lets IT leaders deploy server hardware that’s tuned to their unique requirements for scale, compute density and more.
  • Open: Open computing, particularly as envisioned by the Open Compute Project (OCP), is pooling the engineering know-how of an entire industry and channeling it into advanced server hardware. OCP servers are helping to mainstream hyperscale technology and its myriad benefits without vendor lock-in.
  • Circular: The circular data center is one that looks at hardware holistically. Cutting-edge hyperscale technology can be designed and re-engineered for new deployments, which saves the time, waste and cost associated with new manufacturing and take–use–dispose practices.
  • Sustainable: For far too long, data center sustainability has been framed in terms of renewable energy. But carbon offsets won’t get us anywhere close to the planetwide ecological targets we need to achieve. Truly sustainable data centers are tapping into the circular economy to reduce CO2 across the entire hardware lifecycle.

The environmental benefits are the financial benefits

One of the crowning achievements of the new data center model is that it eliminates the conflict between economic and environmental imperatives. Forward-thinking movements like open computing and the circular economy make it possible to have the best server hardware and data center sustainability at the same time. 

In other words, the same performance, efficiency, agility and optimization that make circular data centers more environmentally friendly also makes them more profitable. It’s a win–win scenario.

These new models therefore aren’t just nice to have. They’re necessary. And better still, they’re already here. Sesame by ITRenew epitomizes the advantages of the new data center model, delivering the results that organizations steeped in the legacy approach once thought were impossible: incredible TCO, plug-and-play convenience, amazing power and cooling efficiency, workload-optimized AI/ML servers, flexible open computing standards and streamlined maintenance. To name only a few.

By leveraging Sesame’s OCP servers built on hyperscale technology, innovative startups like Blockheating and ambitious service providers in emerging markets like Atlancis are turning the circular data center the de facto standard. They’re choosing to buy server hardware that makes their businesses more competitive while also helping to mitigate the long-term impacts of climate change.

The first step toward adopting the new data center model is getting in touch with us. Our engineers will work closely with you to determine your organization’s needs and develop tailored, budget-friendly Sesame rack-scale solutions to meet them precisely. Reach us here.