What’s in store for 2016 – Data Centre and UPS trends

What’s in store for 2016! When it comes to uninterruptible power supply (UPS) there’s not much we don’t know about the industry, so this months blog shares the trends that we expect to see in the coming year…


Significant increase in data storage

In 2016, we predict more more more! More customers, more devices, more content, all means more data. This coupled with the fact that old data is no longer readily deleted as it has become an important part of forecasting and seen to be of value to the business, means there is a need for more data storage.

Headline figures from Cisco Systems predict 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020, and whilst this number has been challenged upwards and downwards by other experts, there is no doubt that data is on the increase.

According to Cisco’s Global Cloud Index, annual global Data Centre IP traffic will reach 8.6 zettabytes (ZB) by the end of 2018, up from 3.1 ZB per year in 2013. Data Centre traffic will see a compound annual growth rate of 23 per cent from 2013 to 2018, according to the report.

Other reports also show huge forecasted growth, such as Ericssons Mobility Report. The report forecast that global fixed data traffic will increase from 60 EB per month in 2015 to 150 EB per month by 2021, with mobile data traffic increasing hugely, from 5.3GB in 2015 to 150 GB per month in 2021.

With this increase in data, comes a demand for increased bandwidth speeds. Fast data connection is more important than ever when it comes to keeping up with the pace of modern business.

As activities increase, so will the requirements and pressure on Data Centres and the equipment that sits within the Data Centres, Facility Managers will be looking to meet the increased computer, storage and power demands in the most efficient and effective way.

No room for downtime

In today’s 24/7 business world, the ability to transmit at lightning-fast speeds is critical. Customers expect on-demand access to services, and connectivity will be increasingly important going forward.

Businesses are looking to UPS systems to counter the falling tolerance limits in data loss due to power interruptions. Losing power for as little as a quarter of a second can trigger events that may keep IT equipment in your business unavailable from 15 minutes to many hours, and the recovery process can take months. Downtime is costly, London Economics stated that SME’s can lose up to £44,000 an hour due to power outages and other disturbances.


Now more than ever, companies are outsourcing areas of their business that can be done more efficiently and effectively elsewhere. This also relates to Data Centres and IT – whether it’s complete IT outsourcing or moving a general application such as email to the Cloud, outsourcing will be a key consideration of the future.

With the increase in data, Business Owners will be forecasting their data usage and requirements, and asking themselves whether it makes sense to build and maintain an internal data center or look at other options.

The Cloud

It seems like everything revolves around the cloud these days, and businesses are comparing investment on critical infrastructure to store and manage their data internally, or a move to external resources such as The Cloud being one of the key considerations. With servers, data, applications and services hosted from The Cloud this will be a key consideration for businesses in 2016 and beyond. There are pros and cons of The Cloud and it doesn’t suit every company. Business owners need to consider the tradeoffs of cost, security, availability, and maintenance, and choose a solution that works best for their needs today and in the future.

Consolidation and optimisation

We’ve seen our clients work to reduce their IT footprint and consolidate, and this will continue to be a focus in the years to come. We help many clients move from distributed rack mount UPS systems with 67% efficiency to a centralised single/ parallel system offering 94% efficiency.

Space efficiency is also increasingly important, as floor space is often limited and of great value, so organisations look for solutions where they can put their expanding volumes of data processing equipment into limited floor area.

Greater energy efficiency with minimum floor footprint is a must with today’s UPS solutions.

UPS market growth

The data center UPS market is expected to grow steadily. According to a new study by Grand View Research, a Market Research and Consultancy business, the Global Data Center UPS Market is expected to reach USD 5.67 billion by 2020.

UPS Product development will continue to see more energy efficient solutions, alongside self diagnosing UPS systems and portable UPS solutions which have given the industry a boost.

Future proofing

Flexibility is key. It is vital that data centers and the equipment within them, are able to support and flex to future growth situations. UPS’s must be large enough to handle all the critical equipment’s power should an outage occur, they must also be flexible enough to cope with the organisations growing needs. Companies will increasingly look to scaleable operations with modular based UPS designs to enable this to happen.

About DCResponse

DCResponse is a British company based in Witney, Oxfordshire offering 24 -7 maintenance for the mechanical and electrical infrastructure of computer room/data centres as well as an excellent range of power protection products and services tailored to a broad spectrum of industries and sectors.

Our main aim is to provide protection for clients’ critical data, equipment and premises from the abnormalities of the power supply. In protecting its customers DCResponse is committed to providing the latest state of the art products backed by engineering and support excellence.

If delivering high availability is critical to your business, then any single failure is a disaster waiting to happen. If this failure is your power supply, then implementing a robust and resilient solution is the only way forward. All components need to be selected correctly to ensure reliability and identify any electrical system failures or equipment malfunction.

Contact us today to talk about your UPS needs and requirements:

Phone: 01993 708855

Email: sales@dcresponse.co.uk