The (not so) silent technological revolution of data centers

The (not so) silent technological revolution of data centers

Rodrigo Radaieski, Director of Services at Ascenty, tells us about the transformative role of Artificial Intelligence in data centers.

I recently read a Dell’Oro Group study predicting a 15% increase in global investments in long-term assets for data centers by 2027, surpassing half a trillion dollars in the next four years. Despite predictions of a slowdown in assets for this sector, the emergence of new technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, can bring attention to investment in colocation infrastructures.

The forecast for spending in the global AI infrastructure market, including data centers, is to grow annually by 44% over the next six years, according to Data Bridge Market Research.

In this context, data centers must review their structures to be adequate to receive and integrate AI into their infrastructures. In addition to serving as a tool, this technology will also depend on racks and other services in this sector.

Practical Artificial Intelligence among data centers

As a mechanism, Artificial Intelligence can automate and improve various activities, such as building security, by analyzing images and behaviors, making it possible to identify suspicious behaviors. More strategically, this resource can be used to refine data communication, analyzing latency performance, to help manage and deliver higher quality services.

The adoption of Artificial Intelligence is a real demand for Ascenty – and has been a major driver in the DC market. Just as the pandemic boosted the sector, through the need for cloud migration, the arrival of new technologies will help in managing new hardware, which demands much higher energy consumption than had been mapped.

With this, there may also come changes in the way services are contracted from an operator, considering that contracts quoted by rack and energy consumption will need very specific cooling solutions, which exchange heat closer to the equipment to avoid overheating and support heat dissipation.

I have observed an increase in the need for racks with a density equal to or greater than 60MW, a newly arrived trend in the Latin American market, but one that has already moved the market. Therefore, at Ascenty, we develop projects and design plans to dedicate our efforts and investments, according to the need.

Preventive maintenance plays a key role in avoiding accidents and in reducing unnecessary actions. When it comes to the life cycle of equipment, AI plays a crucial role, extending it through more accurate analysis. In addition, the acceleration of the supply chain and inventory management are optimized, ensuring minimum levels to meet the demands of cables and optical fibers, minimizing waste.

In the sales area, Artificial Intelligence enables effective connection between customers and prospects, offering suggestions for personalized proposals and identifying opportunities. In terms of personnel selection and recruitment, AI contributes to improving the internal climate and promoting actions such as satisfaction surveys to increase team engagement. In addition, automated code generation significantly reduces human errors, especially in the development of connectivity systems.

Challenges of the revolution

The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2023 predicts that the number of data analysts and scientists, Big Data specialists, AI Machine Learning specialists and cybersecurity professionals will grow by an average of 30% by 2027. This is one of the biggest difficulties currently faced by the sector: finding specialized people to apply AI within data centers.

At Ascenty, we are creating an internal training policy to form and train qualified professionals who will help us master these new technologies.

In a world increasingly interconnected and driven by technology, strategic investment in Artificial Intelligence is not just an option, but a necessity to boost efficiency, innovation and sustainability in all sectors.

The future of data centers is indisputably linked to the AI revolution. It is time to take a step forward and embrace the potential that Artificial Intelligence offers.


About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest provider of data center and connectivity services in Latin America, currently with 34 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Colombia, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber optic network.

The company was founded in 2010 and operates in the construction and operation of world-class data centers, serving the largest cloud and technology service providers in the world, as well as clients in the financial, retail, industrial, healthcare and service integrator segments.

To support its expansion, Ascenty has its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with over 310 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia.

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