Join the Global Conversation | Data Center 2025


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The world is talking about Data Center 2025. See what they’re saying and share your vision for the future of the data center.

“After 15 years of building Data Centers and CoLo’s I agree with Miroslav Bognar. Many companies will continue to maintain their own Data Centers, due to security considerations, i.e. Microsoft, Intel, Google, etc. I have seen the Building Operating costs drop to under $3.50 SqFt when using technology to monitor and control BAS so, being efficient will play a very large part in sustaining the life-cycle of future Data Centers and quite the environmentalist, which we all should be.”
- Wally Hedman, Director of ITS, OCI Associates
“There will be an increase in common infrastructure even if physically separated within the same data center. Multi-tenancy is there already, other forms will develop.”
- Rona Newmark, VP, Intelligent Energy Efficiency Strategy, EMC

“Data Centers as we know them will cease to exist. Units of computing will be distributed in apartment buildings, offices and factories. Each one will consist of a couple of liquid cooled racks and consume less than 1MW. Their surplus heat will be used to heat the buildings they are in. Possibly the heat may also be used for cooling using absorption technology in summer. They will be interconnected via super fast communication links to form amorphous clouds. Security technology will have evolved to ensure that most companies will be confident about storing their data in the cloud.”
- Phil Hughes – CEO Clustered Systems
“As these hyperscale facilities become more prevalent, the traditional brick and mortar 1-2MW data center will disappear. Businesses simply won’t be able to justify the investment with other alternatives available.”
- Peter Gross, Bloom Energy
“As IT equipment becomes more resilient we will see ASHRAE A3/A4 based data centers operating with temperatures in the cold aisle rising to above 100° F, reducing the need for cooling.  We are already seeing chiller-free data centers in cooler climates. We will also see facilities operating without a traditional UPS/generator backup power model as data centers move to an on site power generation model such as fuel cells or solar panels which will be implemented in redundant modules.”
- Chris Molloy, IBM
“Telecommunications enable the digital economy as pathways for information exchange. The information is exchanged machine-to-machine and human-to-machine. The machines comprising the digital economy will live in data centers interconnected by telecommunication technologies. Faster telecommunication technologies enable more exciting digital economy products and services living in the data centers.”
- Ben Stewart, Verizon
“I think there will be fewer data centers but much higher density than they are today. There’s already a raging debate between commodity, high-volume hardware and specialized hardware, and I think specialized hardware will have a hard time in those environments. It will limit flexibility and be seen as being in the way when data centers need to grow or change.”
- Scott Gnau, Teradata Labs
“I think there will be two data center worlds. One is a world of extreme security where large corporations will create their own, very secure networks and data centers. The other is the cloud, which is split up into the personal, end-user cloud without much security; and more secure clouds and cloud providers connecting those who can’t afford their own networks.”
- Lex Coors, InterXion
“Ten years from now, kids who grew up with Facebook will not quite be in decision-making roles yet. They’ll be influencers, it won’t be until they’re 50 years old or so that they will really take over as CEOs and CIOs. Then we’ll see much more widespread cloud adoption, but that’s another 10 years after 2025.”
- Mark Monroe, DLB Associates
"Regarding Scenario 2: Why does nobody ever think about the energy sources right at hand? Along the shorelines, almost every country hast the opportunity to generate vast amounts of wind energy – either on- or offshore. This electricity could be transferred into electricity, batteries etc. that support large-scale datacenters close to the places the wind generates the energy. As datacenters will be one of the major users of energy in the future, this shift in regional development will help regions in several ways (a good example is northern Germany along the North sea). This strategy could also reduce the necessity to build expensive long-distance high voltage electricity lines."
- Ariane in Germany
"Regarding Scenario 2: I do not think that all computing will be centered into “public” or “shared” clouds. Some companies will keep their own computing facilities, just because of security (or considered security) reasons. In all stages of computing will be press to efficiency. There will be intelligent management of server farms, which will allow sharing of load and switch off of not optimally used computers. The main power structure of these farms will be based on DC systems and powered by solar cells during the days and by other independent nature friendly power sources, when sun radiation will be not available. Cooling will be much more efficient, water cooling will be used much more often. I do not think that service of computer farms will be performed by robots in 2025. But need of human interventions will be reduced because computers will work in better managed conditions."
- Miroslav Bognar – System Engineer – Emerson Network Power
"1. Evolution tends to move on in small steps. It might be that 400VDC gets a break through, it would then gain some 2,3% Power Efficiency, counting POE, but more importantly it would bring ‘cheaper data center deployment and re-deployment’, which today represents a vast share of site expenditures - copper cables cost might represent as much as 30% of a data center site’s investment. Summing up, it might become substantially cheaper to build, manage and relocate equipment on a Data Center site.

2. Consolidation of Data Centers, yet more very large Data Center sites, this evolution trends depends on the profitability in the Data Center business. With increasing competition from fewer larger players, consolidation takes place while profitability erodes for the smaller Data Center sites, resulting in that many Data Centers will exploit already conducted investments, while venture capital will be allocated to very large sites consolidating the market.

3. Computing as a utility – yes, but limited to national power base, state controlled multinationals are already building very large Data Center sites, which probably is a reaction to the evident benefits of ‘Cloud Computing’. Yet national interest will not give up their need for strategic control over data processing of vital society embracing functioning. Therefore will very large Data Centers come into place, but its ownership will still be held by either multinationals/banks or state controlled enterprises.

4. Huge heat dissipation losses will be transformed to hot water (revenues) diminishing cooling operational expenditures, it should be so that the Data Center heat dissipation is converted to hot water that is fed back to the city’s pipe network, just the way power plants are the source of warm water for its inhabitants. It is not viable long term to use additional vast amount of energy just to cool thermal heat, it should be so by 2025 that Data Centers actually can sell back hot water to the grid, paying for electricity and by doing so substantially lowering the overall energy bill. If this scenario comes true, it would also mean that Data Center locations will not be that remote, rater suburb distance from city centers.

5. DC and AC fed load domains will remain, as a result of past evolution and the entry barriers multinationals in the industry have interest of maintaining to protect their market share. Data Centers will therefore be able to provide whatever power fed, customer applications requires, with lower voltages used on CPU’s, regulators and Bus-converters, the trend toward 2025 will be to minimize conversion steps from 48-400VDC & 400VAC down to 12-or 1,5 VDC to a minimum."
- An Emerson Network Power Employee

"Regarding Scenario 1: 100⁰C and rise in energy consumption does not make sense.

Energy expenditures will not exceed today’s levels, the trend is actually the opposite, large sites are becoming so power efficient and task-servers so efficient in handling their MIPS, so the amount of energy consumption by servers will not increase. Rather will the distributed transmission and radio equipment require more energy consumption globally, but that is not the case for Data Centers share of developed countries share of economy.

Operating temperatures will be held down to assure HW reliability and life expectancy."
- An Emerson Network Power Employee


"Regarding Scenario 2: Alternative fuels will be there, but in the rural network nodes and not at Data Center sites.

Alternative fuels in contrary to grid power will simply not be a price competitive alternative for the vast amount of power Data Centers needs."
- An Emerson Network Power Employee


"Regarding Scenario 3: In 11 years from now we will get approx. 2% higher power efficiency in power conversion from grid-to-load, that’s it:

The big difference will still be the amount of data processing improvements measured in MIPS/kW consumed.

SW optimization will also be a path to efficiency improvements, driven by SW-houses internal need to conceptually keeping their SW builds ‘bug-free’, rather than a philanthropic desire to save the World."
- An Emerson Network Power Employee