On Day One of the 2017 Data Center Dynamics (DCD) Enterprise Conference in New York City, Andreas Zoll, VP of Engineering and Manufacturing here at BASELAYER, shared the stage with fellow industry leaders for a panel discussion on the design, structure, and operations of data centers in the years to come. I was fortunate to sit in on the discussion to hear what this group had to say about the future of data center technology.

The main topic of conversation centered around technology education. The consensus among the panel was that educating the current generation is a priority due to the consistent advancements in areas like data growth, analytics, and content distribution. The expectation is technology growth will not slow down and our consumption will continue to rise. One panelist stated, “Leaders need to be available, knowledgeable and well-equipped to share information in our specialized field.”

A second key component of the dialogue centered around the increase in data center customization seen in enterprises. The pressure is on for organizations to select the best system to store, compute and transfer their data based on unique requirements. However, the panel agreed standardization is what vendors need to strive for to better enables providers to more quickly meet data storage and management needs. Zoll stated, “the industry wants to put their own stamp on things and this isn’t where we need to go. We need to bridge these gaps.”

Data center providers have delivered new features every year, and the thought leadership presented by those in our industry continues to be shared. Because the future will drive data center evolution and growth, it is clear corporations need to stay educated on the latest technologies such that they are able to identify the appropriate data center strategies unique to their business. Companies need to understand what is available to them, take the regulatory requirements of their company, and then match those to the tools available. More importantly, companies should partner with those vendors who not only stay current with new technologies, but may be developing those technologies themselves. These vendors are likely to be better equipped to provide the right solutions specific to an organization’s needs.