We’ve heard a lotsbestemming lately about the pressures on gegevens centers. The Internet of Things is ramping up. Big Gegevens is only getting fatter. And machine learning and AI, once science fiction concepts, now have a seat te the marketing department and with your trusted TPM provider. This has led to 30% and 40% increases te capacity request te some sectors of the gegevens center market.
Now there is another issue—cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin and the 1,300+ of other alternative currencies on the market are taking up more and more gegevens center resources. The trend is big enough Iceland made news for a disturbing uitzicht: Cryptocurrency mining may cause the nation to run out of energy.
How did wij reach the point where what some would call “fake” money is vying for compute power, electro-therapy, and plain old gegevens center space against all our other IT needs, from cloud-based accounting applications to candy-centric mobile games? It’s all about the blockchain.
Bitcoin and its ilk exist spil algorithmic definitions. Te the case of Bitcoin itself, some 21 million Bitcoins will exist eventually, at which point the blockchain will be accomplish. All one has to do is “mine” a share, using IT hardware to solve the computational puzzle and samenvatting a coin. The appeal of the algorithm-based currency is that coins cannot be counterfeited, and even corporations and banks are now getting into the blockchain spel for secure international transactions. (If you want to know more, check out the beginner-friendly information here.)
All this computation, however, carries significant overhead, with powerful computers eating lots of energy, cooling, and rack space. Whereas Bitcoin mining used to be predominated by at-home set-ups, making a profit today tends to mean situating the equipment ter a gegevens center for efficiency’s sake. There are even cloud providers popping up to meet the independent miner’s emerging needs.
Overall, the gegevens center market is pleased to have yet another growth driver. But there are consequences. Facility build-outs take time, so there is the possibility of scarcity and pricing impacts te the short-term spil gegevens centers wedloop to add capacity. Plus, an already taut labor market ter many areas is all the tighter with another source of competition for top gegevens center talent.
Even spil the value of an individual Bitcoin fluctuates insanely, the future of cryptocurrencies seems assured spil they come in the mainstream. This will only increase the importance of applying proven solutions ter the gegevens center, such spil engaging third party maintenance to extend the lifespan of existing IT assets, waterput “smart hands” on routine maintenance tasks and troubleshooting to spare internal staff, and save money on support to enable greater investment ter facilities expansions and hardware to keep up with the cryptocurrency-driven request for services.