Data Center Frontier - April 14, 2017

If the data center industry had a Facebook profile, its relationship with density would be …. “It’s complicated.”

New hardware for cloud computing and machine learning is bringing beefier workloads into the data center. Meanwhile, overall rack densities are trending slightly higher, but not at the rate all this new data-crunching might suggest.

The disconnect, according to Ben Coughlin, is created by the industry’s conservative approach to managing space and compute power. Coughlin, the co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Colovore, says many data center managers are spreading out rather than densifying – breaking up workloads across more cabinets rather than trying to manage fewer racks that are fully loaded with IT equipment.

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