Check out this State of the Data Center infographic by Emerson. I’m a sucker for statistics, who isn’t right?
What is staggering about this particular infographic is that the data, for the most part, is pre-cloud. Sure, the cloud has been around prior to 2011, but not at a scale that we will be facing in the next 10 years. So, for argument sake, go with me on this one. Assume that the cloud will make up 90% of everything we do by 2021…
- If compute power has increased by 45X in the last 10 years (pre-cloud), what will it need to increase the next 10 years to better deliver the cloud?
- If the average cost per hour for data center downtime is $300,000 (pre-cloud), what would it be in 2021?
- There are 509,147 data centers worldwide as of 2011. Any guesses on how many there will be in 2021?
When you think about the future of computing, the cloud without a doubt will play a big role, if not the biggest. What is mind blowing is the fact that the data center numbers today are huge c/o this infographic. Just imagine what they will look like in 10 years.