Cloud computing ushers in a new age
In 1996, at an industrial park in Houston, Compaq Computer executives were strategizing around the uses of the internet of the future. Coined as cloud computing, the term illustrates the monumental shift to significantly more memory, processing power, and applications that could be hosted in remote data centers, or the cloud. The data stream today appears endless and access to the information is growing exponentially as more areas of the economy utilize it. According to Statista, the number of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices by 2025 will be greater than 38 billion globally. IoT connected devices, such as sensors, cover a broad range of growth industries now including consumer appliances, energy management, medical monitoring, and manufacturing that are no longer tied to on-premises physical servers.
Explosive growth in data center capacity
Cloud service infrastructure, either centralized or distributed, is required for the growing demand and the information that it generates. To sustain this growth trajectory, more data centers are required. With more than 373MW of new data center capacity under construction, CBRE is forecasting that total data center inventory will grow by 13.8 percent in 2021 and 2% CAGR between 2019 -2025.
Data center standards
Data centers serve three important functions by providing network infrastructure, storage infrastructure and computing resource to business processes. Due to the critical nature of these processes, standards for data center compliance break out to four tiers based on design redundancy and fault tolerance. The ANSI/TIA-942 standard produced by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), specifies requirements for telecommunications infrastructure of data centers and computer rooms, covering all aspects, including infrastructure, site location, architectural, electrical, mechanical, safety and security. With nearly 86% of the capacity consisting of tier II and tier III designs, manufacturers must design data centers that are scalable for the future as well as protect against physical events, provide redundant-capacity components and avoid disruption of services to end users.
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MIT Technology Review. Who Coined ‘Cloud Computing’? Antonio Regalado, October 2011.
Statista. Number of IoT connected devices worldwide 2018, 2025, 2030. May 2019.
 CBRE. Research and Insight. Reports-Market Outlook 2021.
 Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). THE ANSI/TIA-942 STANDARD.