What’s a CIO to do? Business Unit leaders are notoriously unpredictable in forecasting their demands for new applications and IT support. Yet, it is critical that you respond quickly to these demands so the company can capture the incremental revenue, cost reduction, and/or customer service improvement that justifies the IT investment. In the past, one way of dealing with this challenge was the over-provisioning of datacenters – essentially assuring that there was always capacity on demand.
The Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Edge computing, and increased adoption of High Performance Computing (HPC) in commercial enterprises -- all these trends are putting new pressures on data center operators. To make this tsunami of data useful and actionable requires enormous compute power. And, power is the operative word. In the face of this need for more power, there is also a call for carbon footprint reduction. But, does anyone really care about “greener” data centers? Does anyone care enough to consider, if not revolutionary, than at least alternative, approaches to data center design?