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What are the biggest data centre developments of 2022

Adam Chaumeton our consultant managing the role
Published on 10 February 2022

Here at Quanta, we are always focused on what trends are on the horizon, and we’re constantly looking towards the future. The data industry has experienced exponential growth over the last five years with more firms realising the positive impact it can have on business. As a result, the need for data services has increased, leading to a range of developments to keep up with demand. The data centre services market was valued at $48.9 billion in 2020 and it is estimated that, by 2026, the figure will increase to $105.6 billion.

If you’re a data centre professional, a key aspect of your working life is to keep on top of emerging trends. Here, we take a look at the biggest data centre developments of 2022.

Data centre sustainability

Sustainability has been a prominent issue within the data industry for a number of years and has been one of the key driving forces behind transformation within the sector. Data centre operations require the consumption of large amounts of energy and many firms have found it difficult to find a feasible way to reduce carbon emissions and energy use.

However, the intensifying urgency to reduce the use of natural resources are increasing pressure on data centres to take an active role in being accountable for their carbon footprint. It’s for this reason the industry is now focusing its efforts on sustainable technology.

In 2022, data centres are expected to ramp up their sustainability efforts and play a central role in lessening the impact on the environment. Numerous data centre firms are making public commitments to minimise their environmental footprints, invest in renewable energy, and devise long-term plans to improve their sustainable efforts.

Automation and self-service

The Covid-19 pandemic triggered a substantial change in what businesses expect from data centre services, and centres have had to adapt their business models to suit these new demands. The data centre automation market was worth $7.34 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $19.65 billion by 2026. Changes in the ways businesses operate globally has accelerated the need to make data centre operations less reliant on human intervention, with the help of a range of innovative software and artificial intelligence.

The data centre industry is set to reap the benefits of leveraging more intelligent, autonomous systems for simple tasks, giving the consumer more control. Data centre operators will also make great efforts to implement enhanced customer-centricity by automating their services to ensure they are more flexible and streamlined. With customer experience at the forefront of data centre’s business models, automation and self-service are set to become a prominent trend in 2022.

Edge data centres

As more and more people embrace the culture of remote working, and homes and offices continue to implement a range of smart technology, edge computing is a trend that is on the horizon for data centres.

The global market for edge data centres is expected to nearly triple to $13.5 billion in 2024 from $4 billion in 2017. This is largely due to the potential that these smaller centres have to reduce latency, overcome intermittent connections and store and compute data locally.

The speed of data processing is more important than ever in modern society and, as a result, enterprises, telecommunications companies, and cloud service providers are heavily investing in edge data centres in 2022. The incorporation of edge data centres will help these companies increase the speed of their applications and enable new technologies, such as autonomous vehicles and augmented & virtual reality (AR/VR).

Find your next job in the exciting data centre market

It’s an exciting time to be working in the data centre market and the industry shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Start the search for your next data centre job with Quanta and join the market at an exciting time.

Can’t find the job you’re looking for? Contact Quanta and one of our specialist data centre consultants will be in touch.