Schneider Electric has disclosed that investment in the data centre market would hit $174 billion by 2023 following increasing demand. The company, which called for more investment, stated that the disruptive IoT technologies have already created a spike in demand for data centres. While the essence of data continues to grow, more sustainable, efficient, adaptive, and resilient data centre infrastructures will be needed if owners are to cash in on this growth opportunity.
The company noted that this is a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which has put more pressure on industrial operators to accelerate their path towards digitisation and automation in order to drive increased productivity, security, sustainability, performance, and reliability throughout their operations. Many companies across the world have already begun their journey in this regard, investing heavily in the data centre market.
According to Schneider Electric, for industrial operators to capture the benefits of increased automation, they cannot rely on cloud technology alone to bring the resiliency, sustainability and speed demanded by artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, machine learning, advanced analytics, and other Industry 4.0 technologies. Good Edge deployment will be key to the future and success of sustainable services.
“As digitisation and technological advances bring us hurtling towards a new, more integrated future, not all data centre owners will be equally equipped to handle the new levels of operational agility required,” Christophe Begat, managing director for Anglophone West Africa at Schneider Electric, said. “However, if risks and shortcomings within existing data centre systems and related management strategies are recognised early enough, stakeholders will improve their chances to engineer a smooth transition to the more dynamic future.”
The company further maintained that most commercial and industrial companies are experiencing a new challenge meeting the surge in demand from customers while ensuring business continuity in the current environment. To accommodate these rising marketplace demands, data centre owners were recommended to step up performance in four important areas, sustainability, efficiency, flexibility, and resilience.