Trends Driving Data Center Innovation

The data center is a complex ecosystem, in which data transport, power supply, equipment cooling, pathway support and other systems evolve to optimally serve the compute function. Additionally, a data center can be virtually any shape or size depending on the applications and users it serves. Because of their essential function in human connectivity, data centers can and sometimes do evolve based on cultural and societal shifts. This roundtable discussion explores the essential role of data centers. It takes a close look at what is driving the need for more computing power within these facilities and describes some of the specific changes and innovations taking place within data centers because of this growing need.