2019 was a year for digital
transformation across a number of areas and industries – and the data center
market was no exception. Under increasing pressure to stay relevant and keep up
with rapidly advancing technologies, data center providers saw a need to
transform and prepare for what’s to come.
Now, as we head into 2020,
the outcomes of the adoption of both newer and more mature technologies will
start to take shape in the data center. Specifically, we’ll see 5G drive an
increase in demand for edge computing, while Artificial Intelligence (AI) will
heighten deployment of new services in this market for both the end user and
With that, here are our top
three predictions for the data center market in 2020.
2020 Will See the Rise of
Edge Computing Thanks to the Promise of 5G
In 2020, the first
applications using 5G’s super high speed, low latency, machine-to-machine
communications will be introduced. These new offerings – like high-resolution
cloud gaming, industrial IoT process control and onsite augmented reality
guidance for workers – will demonstrate the value that 5G can unlock.
CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope's John Schmidt provides his top three predictions
for the data center market in 2020.
While we don’t expect such
applications to be widely deployed next year, their potential will start
reshaping industries, including the data center market. For example, with 5G’s
ability to provide latencies of less than 10 milliseconds, it will soon become
much easier to deploy low-latency 5G applications – and 2020 will see the data
center preparing itself for their arrival.
For low-latency applications
to be successful, you need more than just 5G. You also need to process these
applications’ data close to their sources using edge computing technologies
like edge data centers. With edge computing you can avoid sending data back and
forth from an edge device to a remote data center. This significantly reduces
latency and enables these new, low-latency 5G applications to fully realize
their promise. As a result, we’ll see more data centers move to edge computing
in 2020 in order to bring these applications to fruition.
AI Will Drive Data Center
Adoption of New Technologies in the New Year
The deployment of machine
learning, deep learning and other artificial intelligence technologies is now
mainstream, and they power many of the cloud services we use every day.
We expect to see the use of
AI accelerate in the new year, as companies increasingly use the data they
collect to build and deploy AI models powering new services and generating new
business insights. If they hope to keep these companies happy, data center
operators need to respond, not just with faster networks and servers in their core,
but also at the edge to enable the deployment of AI models closer to end-users.
While this represents a
challenge to data center operators, it’s also an opportunity: if they’re smart
about adopting the right networking, computing and edge data center
technologies to support AI, customers will come knocking on their doors. That
is why in 2020, we expect data center owners and operators to increasingly
focus on how they can deliver the performance their customers need for
AI-enabled cloud services.
Data Center Operators Will
Lean Heavily on AI in 2020 to Support Workforce Efficiency
With a tight labor market, growing demand, and the heightened
need to build edge computing centers away from tier-1 locations for sourcing
technical talent, data center operators will be challenged when it comes to
recruiting and retaining the people they need in the new year.
we can expect data center operators to increase their use of new artificial
intelligence and other smart technologies to maximize the productivity of their
employees – for example, AR headsets that utilize AI technology to guide
service technicians as they complete tasks. At
the same time, data center equipment providers will use AI to make their
products as easy to install and simple to use as possible, allowing data center
operators to do more with less human resources.
operators that wait to adopt these new AI capabilities might experience slower
growth as they fail to find or keep the people they need to deliver all the
services their customers demand in today’s highly competitive market.
for the Next Phase of the Data Center
2020 will see the first
applications of advanced technologies like 5G start to find their way in the
data center, while the deployment of machine learning and other AI technologies
will create new ways of learning and doing. In the new year, this means greater
opportunity for data center providers to grow and enhance their businesses.
While the benefits of these technologies may take at least a few years to come
to fruition, data center companies that incorporate them into their business
strategy now will be the ones best positioned to reap the benefits down the