Jul 11, 2020
The hyper-scale data center market is expected to grow to $80.65B by 2022 at a CAGR of 26.32%. There are more than 500 hyper-scale data centers in the world. When discussing hyper-scale, we’re speaking of 500 cabinets in at least a 10,000 sq ft area. The largest data center has a memory capacity of around 1.56ZB that usually comprises a minimum of 5,000 servers linked with an ultra-high-speed, high-fiber count network. The need for data centers arises due to increasing digitization in every aspect of life. Data generation is projected to increase by multifold through emerging technologies such as AI, IoT, 5G wireless, AR, and autonomous cars. The worldwide data storage is expected to be at 40ZB by 2020, scaling to 163Zb by 2025, and the majority of the data (>50) will be stored on the cloud. This brings the need for high-end memory, SSD drives, and efficient power supply systems in a hyper-scale data center. 
Solid-State Drivers in Data Centers
Latest SSD’s in data centers with high-density NAND with up to 3.84TB capacities make a shift by eliminating all spinning disks. A single SSD can outperform multiple spinning disks and consumes less power. Servers and data centers have two options for choosing an SSD; one is a fast-reliable SATA SSD (read/write speed 600MB per second) which offers the benefits of hot-swap, flexible redundancy options and scaling. And the other is a high-performance AIC NVMe drive (read/write speed that’s 2000MB per second), which offers the fastest throughput via NAND technology. SSD’s also help in consolidating servers and reduce the storage racks’ overall physical footprint.
Emerging HAMR Drive Technology
HAMR drives are simple to integrate and operate. The HAMR drive was designed to store large amounts of data using magnetic technology on each disk. It allows data bits, grains to become smaller and densely packed while remaining magnetically stable. A small laser diode attached to the recording head heats a tiny spot on the disk to flip the magnetic polarity of each stable bit, enabling data to be written.
India: Hyper-Scale Data Center Destination
India is one of the fastest-growing digitization markets, and it’s projected to reach between $350B to $400B by 2022. Growing consumer needs such as increasing smartphone and Internet users, adoption of IoT sensors across all sectors, and the government’s Digital India initiatives fuel the growth. On the other hand, data localization regulations have created a significant impact on the economy. The e-commerce industry has certain clauses on cross-border transfer of data, and there could be more policies coming shortly demanding localized data centers. In India, around $10B is expected in the data center market over the next 6 years and $3B on building data centers. This healthy environment creates a potential need for India to emerge as the world’s largest hub for data centers.
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