CXO Roundtable Article: What are key developmens in '09, challenges for '10
February 25, 2010

By Staff
Appeared in DatacenterDynamics Focus Magazine

What were key developments in 2009?
While waiting for an economic recovery in the industry, data center growth fell from its highs. Due to the lighten demand, the costs of equipment and their lead times also dropped. However, some financially strong clients who tired of waiting for the recovery, decided to proceed with their important projects anyway. Other developments we observed included PUE becoming a statistic of interest in the corporate boardroom.

What will be the challenges for 2010?
All companies regardless of the industry or market are looking to control energy costs and save money. For critical facilities and data centers, managers are under pressure to reduce operating costs while maintaining availability and reduce spending. Our job as engineers and business partners is to help our clients maximize budget and achieve energy savings at the same time. In addition to costs, controlling schedule will also be crucial especially when the pent up construction demand returns.

Designing flexible spaces that can adapt for future changes is still an ongoing necessity and challenge. Situations can change for our clients, and we need to think ahead so we are ready to accommodate any desired modifications. Data centers should also be sustainable, as well as cost-efficient and flexible. With that said, possible carbon cap and trade legislation implications must also be considered.

How will the industry accommodate change over the next 12 months?
We see that many companies with smaller data centers that need upgrading/expansion, will instead go to co-locators, web hosters, or cloud computing to satisfy their needs.

Generally speaking, industry professionals need to already have the basic mindset of being accommodating to change and make adjustments where necessary. Being visionaries and staying ahead of the game is vital for survival. As the world continues to advance technologically, we need to be committed to our industry, striving for innovative and creative solutions to complex technical challenges. We need to be on the leading edge vs. the bleeding edge.