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March 12, 2017updated 30 Jun 2022 6:01am

Containers, Cloud & Renewable energy fuel fundamental data centre change

The growth of the data centre industry to see trends in containers, cloud & renewable energy.

By Hannah Williams

The data centre industry has continued to see large levels of growth over the past few years, with an expected growth in hyperscale data centres expected to account for 53 percent of total traffic by 2020.

Despite this growth, a number of service providers and enterprises have been faced with a number of challenges caused by emerging trends.

Trends such as the rise of advanced technologies in the form of connected devices, application containers, and bare-metal servers have contributed to the development of services that must meet with business expectations.

Businesses now are expected to support an increasingly mobile workforce which produce and consume vast amounts of data. Thanks to trends such as these there is an increasing demand for data centres at the network edge.

Trends such as an increase in cloud adoption and the increased use of containers are two industry trends that are forcing data centre providers to change their strategies, while the growing pressure to create green data centres pushes them to deliver a more modular approach.

Read more: Containers vs Virtualisation: Red Hat, Docker & AWS take on VMware, Microsoft & Oracle

CBR looks at the biggest trends hitting the data centre market.


Research conducted by 451 Research found that 2017 is to see a growing use of container technology, with revenue produced by the adoption of containers expected to hit $1,107bn.

This growth in containerisation can be linked with the benefits it can bring for DevOps; for businesses it is seen as a very practical way to develop a DevOps strategy, which should lead to software being released more efficiently and frequently.

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Containerised systems are noticeably more efficient for providers as they begin to be made aware that they can be used as part of their overall data centre infrastructure.

While the adoption of container technology is one factor noticed in the data centre industry, the rise in service providers offering more modular equipment is another.

As multiple containers can be deployed on an operating system, they are deployed separately from other containers, which mean information will be sent separately. This explains the growth of container adoption in the data centre as it enables a faster flowing and easy delivery of information.

Service providers such as data centre owners with newer, more modular equipment and designs that allow increased flexibility and faster provisioning could be some of the potential winners in the market as they are seen to provide skills of being able to add power and cooling quickly in a modular way.

How is cloud impacting data centres – continue reading to find out

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