The above photo shows what moving just 5mb of data looked like in 1956. Absurd, isn’t it? Needless to say, there have been plenty of advancements in the last 50 years relating to how we handle and process data. Computers have moved from great, bulky, warehouse-filling machines to sleek, paper-like devices. Mobiles have entered the mainstream and become tools containing more processing power than what NASA had at its disposal when sending the first astronauts to the moon. And even in spite of how quickly these changes have come about, the last 5 years in particular have seen an unparalleled rate of change that is set to revolutionise the future of computing.
Moving closer to the edge
The biggest change on the minds of industry leaders today is how the edge may disrupt the way data centres operate. The edge represents access at the point of convenience for the user – in other words, devices connected to the data centre ecosystem that use its resources. And these devices are growing more numerous and more powerful by the day.
The big difference with all these new devices is mobility. The days of desktops and routers are fading to the past. We’re constantly on the move, and our digital companions need to be able to keep up the pace.
That means that data centres – like our devices – need to miniaturise. Speed and efficiency might not be deal breakers when carrying out routine tasks like sending an email or sharing a Facebook status, but when it comes to driverless vehicles, video conferences and stock trading, those few extra microseconds can spell disaster.
How things will change
We know these changes are going to continue to disrupt how businesses operate and depend on technology. So how do we deal with that change?
Well, for the typical CIO, IT manager or general IT department, things will stay relatively the same – the trajectories of these industries will continue to move up. But the infrastructure supporting businesses is bound to cause issues if decision makers aren’t prepared to consider the edge in their strategies.
That means rolling out edge data centres to branch offices and remote sites, ensuring important data is processed on-site and not sent to the far reaches of the planet for processing. This is especially true in countries such as Australia, where these distances can be debilitatingly large.
And that’s where MCS steps in.
How we can help
We can help you efficiently manage your critical equipment with the racks and integrated cabinets that we offer. We take into account important trends such as how the edge will affect your business needs in the future. By doing this, we know we can provide your business with a sustainable solution to your infrastructure needs.
We understand that businesses today vary in size and have different equipment needs. That’s why we provide different racks and integrated cabinets to meet your varied business setups.