Monday, January 9, 2017

DCs´ 2017 Trend#9 Smartcities & mDCs

More than a buzword

They are now growing in the next 20-30 years and more, so the compute, storage and connectivity with concepts like virtual reality, IoT, BIG data, autonomous cars, AI, , machine learning, sustainability,..... to mention some of them are changing our world not tomorrow but today. So all of this computation has to occur in the EDGE in every corner to fulfill retail, real state, grocery, maintenance, pizzas delivery business and so on.

We need to be prepare to deploy more and more micro DCs  maybe one or two cabinets in a container or fixed modular facility. Smart cities are (will) be like "Jetsons" well I am no to sure -at least in this century- but all services and goods will need more and more where to recall the data -BIG enough- to make the future real.

So Smart Cities and data centres will go together without any doubt or what do you think?

roberto sanchez, PE, RCDD, CxA

Friday, January 6, 2017

DCs´ 2017 Trend #8 Virtual reality or augmented where to compute?

......This year, now reaching its end, will be remembered in what is still the short history of virtual reality as the first year in which it surpassed 1 billion dollars in revenue, according to estimates presented by the Deloitte consultancy firm. 

The people are ready for VR, and 2017 will witness a massive jump in user numbers. From around 200,000 in 2014 to a projected 90 million in 2017, this represents a 450% increase.
Around 10% of the 90 million users in 2017 will be ‘hardcore gamers’, while a further 23 million will be categorized as ‘early adopters’. This suggests that the next 12 months will present the ideal opportunity to put your VR application into the hands of an engaged and motivated audience.

However Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) -it takes the real world of the present and projects digital imagery and sound into it-. Augmented and Virtual Reality both fall on the continuum of mediated reality. Which is where a computer system modifies our perception of reality versus the “real” world. 
They are not only for indoors/ outdoors gaming, but they are  technologies worth to use in training, business, marketing, industrial, aviation, retail, finance, cinema, real state, shopping, sports.....  you name it!  

Do you imagine to have a tour in a house that you want to buy and go trough any room, making any MACs that your wife or you desire? or looking into an equipment that failed and be with the technician/lerner helping him/her during his/her to get a diagnostic or a surgeron training an neuronal operation in the quirophan?  possibilities are endless.

Business Digital Transformation -BDT- will pass -in several industries- trough VR devices and applications. At this moment we have tried it in entertainment but we will shift the use in the next few years. mobile devices will have to improve the compute capabilities of course but we need to consider for business different from entertainment is compute capacity near the place where we want to use VR, then mDC pop up as the facility with this capacity to give "user experience" that new customers are looking for.

JUST to think on it; Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR, prophesied at the time that “virtual reality would be something that people would want much sooner than they would be able to afford it”. The conclusion presented by BI Intelligence is that authentic virtual reality is too expensive. However, the demand is increasing: a study by the online platform for event organization Eventbrite reveals that 78% of millennials prefer to purchase an experience rather than a product. VR needs to perfect its hardware, but above all, to catch its own Pokemon Go.

VR will keep in our minds in years to come, however in 2017 we will see more applications that will give us amazing results to play more than only games like "pokemon Go"

 Or what do you think?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

DCs´2017 Trend #7 Blockchain where to storage ?

 "Bitcoin, was launched back in 2009, it has taken the wider industry a relatively long time to warm to it. But now suddenly everyone is talking about Bitcoin’s underlying blockchain technology as a disruptor of potentially massive proportions: Sweden is trialling a new land registry that uses a blockchain, dozens of startups spanning numerous sectors are poking around at possible uses, and importantly policy makers such as the European Parliament have voted in favour of a more hands-off approach towards blockchain tech regulation.... A blockchain is a ledger of records arranged in data batches called blocks that use cryptographic validation to link themselves together. Put simply, each block references and identifies the previous block by a hashing function, forming an unbroken chain, hence the name."  -

If the all the financial operations will be done virtually around the world -literally-, via an smart phone, tablet or any mobile device adapted for such function.  Then where the "MONEY" will be safe?  in a vault any longer or a Data Centre safe box?

Blockchain can be use not only for money transactions, -however this could be the most sensible use- but to confirm with no doubts any trnsaction so if this technology goes up in trustful technology - forecast states 4-5 years from now, so this will need more computing, connectivity and storage resources that are located in DCs.

or what do you think?

Monday, January 2, 2017

DCs´2017 Trend #6 Edge Analysis in mDCs

Digital Business Transformation (DBT) need to understand what the end customer wants, to design and perform the best "customer experience" -CX- that the organizations can deliver, so Gen "Millennial" & Gen "Z" can choose in the best way which suppliers or vendors they LIKE to work or co work with them.

In reality it is not new BUUUUT has some fine tune differences that enterprises should & MUST learn: ubiquity, timeless -no office hours-,  delivery, on line shopping,..... All of these functions have to been adequate in the actual organizations´procedures and sometimes organizations MUST change all of those "business as usual internal customs".

Customer information then is a need to have ON LINE to make the adjustments to serve a business trends or viral requirements, EDGE computing / analysis of BIG Date is a tool that suppliers are requesting more and more. 

To achieve this challenge it is needed not only software APPs, but storage, compute and connection in a close distance to avoid a delay, all of them are also required. Here the micro Data Center -mDCs- will pop up maybe in each neighborhood or even in every corner. Those mDCs could be the modular ones or mobile if that information to be analyzed is for an event like Super Bowl or Xmas time or so.

We will see more mDCs to perform EDGE analysis be deploy in urban & suburban areas in the next years.

Or what do you think?

Roberto Sanchez , PE, RCDD, CxA

Thursday, December 29, 2016

DCs´ 2017 Trend #5 Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

Autonomous cars, industry 4.0, are giving us the updating in Isaac Asimov´s robot rules
1.A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2-A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
But Are we SURE enough that -at least- these three statements will be comply by the AI  equipment that has a "machine learning"?

As we have seen in the cinema´s movies exist several issues that the mankind will have to pay attention to avoid that the "machines" learn to much and then will waste the humans -with all our weaknesses-

We can not deny that AI & machine learning have advanced the last few years and this 2017 will keep on. So DCs will have to storage , compute & connect all the information from all of those intelligent devices.

But if everything can be substitute by a robot -machine- what will happen indeed with the humans in the next 50-60 years? This more than a trend -not stoppable by the way- is a ethics situation that societies will have to face very soon.   

Or what do you think?

Roberto Sanchez, PE, RCDD, CxA

Sunday, December 25, 2016

DCs´ 2017 Trend #4 Gen "Z" how they will (ARE) impacting DCs industry

They are our children or grand children or grand grand children, they born in late 1999 and next years will embrace the world with a more focus attitude; they use 3,4 screens at the same time (X-box, tablet, lap, smart phone,...) everything goes virtual and need some grounding to understand reality. They learn ON LINE, and like to download any file, movie at ligth speed , they will drive the autonomous (Teslas or not) car in highways in the next 6-7 years. They are  just 25% /7,500,000,000 people on planet Earth. So we should take them in consideration for business portfolio?  one word -YES-

DCs industry will grow -also- because this Gen "Z", because everything the think, read, buy, need is ON LINE and those activities -transmission, computation, storage are located -sooner or later- in a mission critical facility called Data Centre. 
Of course mobility is the KEY word for all these teenager becoming young adults in few years; they use internet, IoT and generate BIG DATA every single week or weekend in any mall, park, store, museum, school, home around the world,

So keep an eye in them , adjust your Business Digital Transformation, be sensible to Corporate Social Responsibility -they are deeply interested in our environment quality- and made all of these issues in an integrated way 

Gen "Z"   has arrived, BE PREPARE!     or what do you think?

roberto sanchez, PE, RCDD, ACx

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

DCs´ 2017 Trend #3 Digital Business Transformation & DCs

"Digital Business Transformation -DBT- is Organizational Change through the use
of Digital Technologies and Business Models to Improve Performance" -Cisco-
"Customer Experience (CX) is the product of an interaction between an organization and a customer over the duration of their relationship" -Wikipedia-   

Envision on what the business should be in the NEAR future pass trough organizational change; the foundation of DBT is organizational change, related to people, processes, strategies, structures, and competitive dynamics, is where most of the challenges and opportunities reside. Ubiquity -mobile- presence is other issue to consider in DBT.

Data Centres are among all of these business themes because everything needs and will need Data gathering (IoT), BIG DATA, Data analysis, Cloud and DCs to storage, transmission and computation. This DBT is pushing not only the change in the enterprises but in the DC´s industry with mobile and small DCs to give the rigth solutions to this business demand.

DBT is a trend that is impacting our industry and will keep doing

Or what do you think?

roberto sanchez, PE, RCDD, CxA

Sunday, December 18, 2016

DC´s 2017 Trend #2 Industry 4.0 "smart factories"

 In DCs industry we have took seriously autonomous cars, traffic signage,smart homes & buildings,...and its relationship with mission critical facilities,  but what about factories?

The Industry 4.0 offers what is known as a smart factory. These smart factories provide for systems that can monitor the physical processes, make copies of the physical world and make their own decisions.
Using IoT, the cyber physical systems can cooperate and communicate and facilitate decision making in real-time so that humans and machines can interact with each other and create added value in the industrial process. 
note: The term Industry 4.0 comes from a project undertaken by the German government that promoted manufacturing and computerization in one.

So when loss of employment are a political flag in several countries -not only USA-, when we try to optimize energy efficiency, and made more sustainable the world, the "INDUSTRY 4.0" is a trend that it is unstoppable in years to come. Industry 4.0 includes at least :

  • Internet of Things
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cyber/Physical Systems.
  • Less personnel but more skilled
  • Huge capital investment but less maintenance (except software patches)
In every factory exist or will exist a DC, our industry is immerse of this wave no doubt.
Or what do you think?

roberto sanchez, PE, RCDD, CxA

Thursday, December 15, 2016

DC´s 2017 Trend #1 Renewables & impact in Micro & Edge computing growth

Resultado de imagen para tesla energy storage equipment images

I am ready for my electric car -as you can see- so what will happen with all renewable wave? Willbe stop in USA? or will the business continue?

In any case more and more devices will be ON / IN the streets, that information is now named BIG DATA, but it is a "raw" information that need to be "analyse" and use where it make more sense; so most of the times this info will be needed in the "EDGE"  and the computing is now going to the border.

For solving this some companies will need computing capability near the street in mDCs but does the renewable energies worth to be use by those tiny DCs?

Well let say that this kind of DC could have a electric load let say 10-12kW/h  can a renewable + battery set be enough for supply energy?

As technical development on those generation equipment has overcome realibility, sustainability, availability in cellular mobile site´s, this could be a way to reduce TCO for this investment in DCs industry

 Resultado de imagen para tesla energy storage equipment images   Or what do you think?

roberto sasnchez, PE, RCDD, ACx

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Now "smart" cities a new buzzword?

Remember that future in "Blade Runner" where huge billbords, flying cars, replicants, and big buildings were deployed all over the city?

Do cities will be alike in 70 or 80 years ahead? 

The thing is if we do not act today! we will have such kind of cities with the worst of humanity & technology, so  what can we do?

Some ideas:

1) Understand that is ONLY ONE EARTH that we must preserve in the best fitness that our knowledge, attitude and effort can deliver to this goal.

2) All of us want not only that Earth will prevail, but also enjoy our lifetime

So why do we
3) Go out from egoism none of the readers of this post (maybe a few) will witness cities by the end of this century.

4) Be aware of the challenge and get on with those stakeholders that are also interested on future.

Smart cities are an excellent opportunity to work in a FOUR+  actions matrix that should take in consideration not only Latitude, Longitude, Altitude but TIME, why? because each world's region, country, culture have differences in the way people see, and feel the life; so only one recipe is not easy to swallow and because human nature the rejection to change, and of course the ECONOMICS´ interest delay any good idea or plan just because money & power greedy.

Cities in countries like China, India, México, Brasil, Egypt has different challenges that other ones in Europe or USA for instance.
"There is not an universally accepted definition" this moment 

So what is an smart city? well let put some basic components on them.

  1) adequate water supply,  
  2) assured energy supply, (smart grids, autogeneration, cogeneration) 
  3) sanitation, including solid waste management, 
  4) efficient urban mobility and public transport, 
  5) affordable housing,
  6) robust ITC connectivity and digitalization, (IoT, autonomous cars)
  7) good governance, (especially e-Governance and citizen participation), 
  8) sustainable environment,
  9) safety and security of citizens (particularly women, children and the elderly), 
10) health and education.

In cities with 500,000 those components could be easy fulfilled, but in cities with 20,000,000 people is a nigthmare, isn´t it? Those big human sites are by the fact a mess, that is it and I can tell you I have lived the last 50+ in México city (just 8.5MM but with other 12MM in municipalities connected)

In Sweden in the 1983 I took a OPE/MAN telecomm course in Televerket (today TELIA) and I was overexposed in a meeting where a planning team (sew, water, telephone, roads, parks,....) where revising the town´s regional growth, to take in consideration all blueprints and construction works coordination for the town´s development in 2005!! this year I´ll go back to check

Just one word:  PLANNING  it is the key to achieve any goal.

Of course countries, goverments, enterprises, people should understand that an smart city will take decades to change the way of doing the "business as usual" before all relevant concepts will take place as a normal service in any place.

So "smart city" is a new buzzword?   why do not start rigth now?

or what do you think?

roberto sánchez, PE, RCDD, CxA