2019 Trends in the Data Center, Are You In The Know?

Posted on June 21, 2019 by Timothy Sherbak

As we approach the halfway mark of 2019, colocation providers are gearing up to reel in even more business, as enterprises continue to rethink infrastructure, get rid of as much on-premises data center space as they can, and replace that on-prem data center space with cloud services and modern colocation facilities.

Uptime Institute recently released its 2019 data center survey, which surveyed nearly 1600 respondents during March and April 2019, and we thought it was the perfect time to check in on how some of the predicted data center trends of 2019 are shaking out.


Some of the key findings were:

  • According to the survey, a lack of visibility, transparency, and accountability of public cloud services is a major concern for enterprises with mission-critical applications. A fifth of operators surveyed said they would be more likely to put workloads in a public cloud if there were more visibility.
  • Most operators surveyed have a hybrid strategy. IT workloads are being spread across a range of services and data centers, with about a third of all workloads expected to be contracted to cloud, colocation, hosting and Software as a Service (SaaS) suppliers by 2021.
  • Outages continue to cause significant problems for operators. 34% of all respondents had an outage or severe IT service degradation in the past year, 50% had an outage or severe IT service degradation in the past three years.
  • Kilowatt rack density is rising, following a long period of flat or minor increases, causing many to rethink cooling strategies.

Here at Markley, we think the findings link up with the benefits of selecting colocation vs. operating an on-prem data center, as this strategy provides a pathway to achieve your IT and business requirements, without the significant upfront and long-term capital costs.

Markley prides itself on providing colocation services that deliver significant reductions in upfront capital costs, highly redundant cooling and UPS systems with either 2N or N+1 redundancy, dark fiber availability, and 24x7 on-site service and support. With our data center portfolio exceeding 1.5M square-feet, our facilities offer customizable suite and cage designs for housing IT infrastructure, all protected by state-of-the-art uninterruptible power and backup systems.

Interested in learning if colocation is right for you? Please visit http://www.markleygroup.com/services/colocation.