How hyperscale datacenters are reshaping IT

  • Vimal Kaw
  • Sep 18, 2019
  • 3 min read
How hyperscale datacenters are reshaping IT

With the ability to scale quickly without linear add-on costs, a hyperscale datacenter will change every aspect to the datacenter

In the digital age, businesses need to take decisions on a real-time basis. From booking cabs (Uber, Ola) to consuming food (Swiggy, Zomato), consumers are increasingly shifting their preferences to online mediums. Given the extreme pace that businesses operate today, enterprises cannot wait for their IT systems to deliver the services at a pace that traditional systems offer. Organizations need an IT infrastructure that can scale quickly to provision increased demand and scale down appropriately when demand reduces.

This has led to the demand for hyperscale datacenters. Hyperscale refers to the capability of an IT system or architecture to scale exponentially and rapidly to respond to demand that is increasingly heavily. Given the demands of the digital era, hyperscale datacenters are set to dominate datacenter trends and design. A report by Allied Market Research titled, 'Hyperscale Datacenter Market by Type', states that the global hyperscale datacenter market is expected to generate $71.2 billion by 2022 from $26.33 billion in 2017, growing at a CAGR of 20.7% from 2017 to 2022. Another report by Markets & Markets estimates the hyperscale datacenter market to grow from USD 25.08 Billion in 2017 to USD 80.65 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 26.32%. Cisco estimates that by 2021, traffic within hyperscale datacenters will quadruple, and hyperscale datacenters will account for 55% of all datacenter traffic by 2021.

Let us now look at some major ways on how hyperscale datacenters are reshaping IT, by encouraging datacenter architects to consider some vital parameters:

  • Modularity: Thanks to the lego-like approach, enterprises can take a step by step approach to planning for their datacenter. This means that enterprises can replace individual physical components and design their datacenter. This approach helps organizations in adapting themselves progressively to a design that is far more agile and flexible to current short term needs while staying on the long term path.
  • Redundancy: Due to the modularity, datacenter operators can replace individual physical components than the traditional approach of replacing the entire server, which not only increases costs, but also increases the downtime. This approach also gives extreme flexibility in scaling at the physical level, as components can be added modularly. For example, in case a server fails, an application can be moved from one server to another server, without downtime. This helps in maintaining a high level of system availability as there is no single point of failure. This approach also helps in analyzing different points of failure, especially when there are many components that could have caused the issue.
  • Reducing cost of downtime: In the digital age, the cost of downtime can be huge. With automation, this can be reduced as most of datacenter outages are caused by human errors. For example, in the highly publicized British Airways incident, which led to more than 75,000 passengers stranded in one day was caused due to human error. An engineer had disconnected the power supply source at a datacenter near the airport, and when it was connected back, it led to a surge of power that caused the IT systems to crash. As most processes are automated in a hyperscale datacenter, errors like these could have been avoided.
  • Energy Savings: From using AI in the datacenter to reduce energy costs to using new energy cooling techniques such as liquid cooling, hyperscale datacenters are setting the standard for saving power.

As one can see, hyperscale data centers are clearly defining the future landscape of enterprise IT. With the ability to scale quickly without linear add-on costs, a hyperscale datacenter will change every aspect to the datacenter—from the way they are designed to the way hardware components are sourced to defining the standards in terms of energy efficiency. These clearly are exciting times for the datacenter industry as we embark on a new dawn of enterprise IT where everything is software defined!

Vimal Kaw

Vimal Kaw

Head of Product, Datacenter, NTTGDCI


Vimal Kaw heads the Data Center Services for NTT Ltd, a US $11 billion global technology services company. With more than two decades of industry experience, Vimal is responsible for effective Data Center capacity management. In this capacity, he is overseeing the technical aspects of the collocation business and providing end-to-end support for the entire value chain – from conceptualization and development of collocation products and services to regular pre-sales customer engagement, solution/service design and customer project delivery.

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