Next-generation data centre features and what to expect from the architecture

Apr 28, 2021
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Industry visionaries and experts are ever busy designing and developing futuristic IT systems and services. They have a vision that outlines an embedded and enmeshed role for software and technology is people's daily lives - including smart home predictive devices and micro tech that is non-invasive and enables medical care in real-time, to name only a few.


For this vision to come true, we require flexible and strong IT systems that can serve as a foundation to kick-start these innovative technologies. We require proactive next-generation data centres that facilitate innovation and are capable of anticipating workloads and responding rapidly.


As newer technologies are invented and implemented, and data explodes, data centre providers are likely to use the following functionalities to support business requirements.

DCOS (Data Centre Operating Systems)

Next-generation data centres need an improved control layer and the interconnectivity they offer depends on efficient facility management.  Many data centre providers implement operating control methods that manage virtual machines, resources, and users to meet the requirements of enhancing management infrastructure scalability.


To deliver improved scalability, next-generation data centres are equipped to efficiently control and manage critical components including cooling systems and chips. The DCOS process integrates into all crucial aspects of data centres to considerably improve infrastructure.

Infrastructure Optimization

Next-generation data centres use layered management solutions that can logically pool resources according to needed workloads. Agnostic data centres offer this type of infrastructure that allows admins to produce more scalable and robust cloud platforms. Data centres are becoming more abstract, and they can help to prevent vendor lockdown thanks to infrastructure optimization.


In addition, admins can handle traffic flow while utilizing software and hardware optimization. Next-generation data centres will allow users to easily offer resources for management regardless of the type of hardware used, permitting clients to smoothly integrate with external technologies.

Improved Control Layers

Data centres host a range of systems and therefore they need a diversified control layer. As the management console connects with APIs, it has the ability to grow rapidly to meet the challenges of the increasing footprint of the data centre. Next-generation data centres permit management consoles integrated with API to deliver big data management, manipulation, and clout along with resource allocation. Further, you can get improved cloud scaling and multi-tenancy features by adopting API-connected networking solutions.

Software Defined Infrastructure

In a SDDC (software-defined data centre), all components including networking, storage, compute, and security are virtualized and provided as a service. Software is used to fully automate all the infrastructure operations and functions, and this enables SDDCs to offer improved reliability, efficiency, and flexibility to the whole infrastructure.

Automation and Robotics in Data Centres

Data centre service providers are increasingly using automation and robotics to manage monotonous and repetitive tasks, freeing up the time of engineers to concentrate on priority work. Robots are currently being used to measure humidity and temperature in data centres and manufacturers have created small robotic gadgets to handle work in these facilities.


Data centre service providers are using increased physical and logical automation to meet the growing enterprise demands of cloud computing and to ensure they are able to supply application predictability and performance. It's a difficult task to create a fully automated and functional data centre facility. Therefore, next-generation data centres are investing in robotics and automation to proactively and smartly provision their resources to meet client needs.

Green Data Centres

The explosion of data around the world has resulted in greater storage demands in data centres. Increase in data centre numbers and size will lead to higher energy demands in these facilities. Therefore, next-generation data centres are using green methods with core energy conservation and efficiency strategies.

Hyper-Converged Data Centres

These facilities integrate and combine all the data centre infrastructure components and services like network, compute, and storage in one box. This reduces costs and complexity and enables hyper-converged data centres to deliver enhanced backup and disaster recovery features, and improved operational performance.


Similar to all IT evolution and changes, data centre architecture and design will reflect the challenges and needs of businesses. Next-generation data centres are not fixed products yet and industry specialists are still developing their various elements. They are currently just a concept and are continuing to evolve. The next few years will determine how the components and features of next-generation data centres will shape up.


The Indian data centre market is expected to top $4.5 billion in value by 2025. STT GDC India is a major player in this market with 18 sophisticated centres in nine cities.

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