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