Smart Data Center, the core of Smart Cities management
Considering that the number of Internet users will go from the present 2,900 millions to 4,000 millions in 2020; and the number of connected devices will go from 25,000 millions to 50,000 millions in 2020, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the need of permanent connectivity and digitalization in the cities is already an essential requirement. These requirements would not be useful or possible without a central hub for data management to transform them into valuable information for decision taking.
Big Data and the IoT determine the future of present infrastructures; therefore, factors such as sustainability and availability are determining digital transformation and the future of data centers. Smart cities will need infrastructures managed by data centers with capacity to process large amounts of information coming from the framework of sensors dispersed in the city, which will transmit data and information about the status of the remaining infrastructures.
We must process a proper management of communication networks, storage access and virtualization systems in order to reduce costs and enhance these technological infrastructures. Another factor to be taken into account is the evolution of the architectures to provide a fast and fluent adaptation, either increasing or decreasing. At the same time, we will need to control information security and access as we must not forget that citizens will participate in the information stored in these Smart Data Centers (Smart DC) that will manage our Smart Cities.
Smart DC will be the core of these smart cities, providing new technologies such as passive sensometry, increasing access security in networks such as Internet, achieving a balanced sustainability, supporting urban development through sustainable development and, above all, taking care of the environment.
These Smart DC will be able to manage, coordinate and rationalize the resources demanded by Smart Cities correctly. For example, controlling and measuring energy from renewable sources; measuring gas emissions continuously; managing traffic and mobility, offering alternative routes instantly when necessary; managing infrastructures and the growth of natural resources, water, air, light; managing and recycling waste, health services, road and persons safety, public administrations, etc.
Obtaining a good measure of all the parameters to provide us with a real figure of the situation of a city will help us to obtain information and appropriate responses to take measures and fix goals. This parameter measurement will be based on passive fiber-optic sensometry, supporting connected, bright cities, transforming and managing them in a smart manner for a better use of energy and cost control.
For these reasons, present Data Centers and future Smart DC will manage different aspects; the first ones will keep being managed by companies or entities to facilitate their businesses; and the second will be directed, created with new architectures and technologies, to the management of cities and their facilities to obtain the final goal that we must not overlook, which is improving citizens’ quality of life.
Olga Ramírez/ Fibernet’s Manager of Corporate Development, Quality and MARCOM