- Outsourcing, modular storage units, and hybrid public/private cloud computing are among the three biggest trends in higher education data center management as institutions reconsider how they store their massive amounts of information, according to eCampus News.
- A perfect storm of data generation has been formed by schools moving their administration and instruction online, sensor research, supercomputing, and the proliferation of embedded Internet-connected devices, known as the Internet of things.
- Cost is the other main factor in data center management.
All three of the trends detailed by eCampus News should lead to lower off-campus data management costs, in spite of the growing volume of data to manage. A price war has broken out in the public cloud data storage arena, and hybrid cloud arrangements are more common, reducing the types of data that must be managed through on-campus IT systems. Also, more colleges and universities are deciding that data center management is not one of their core competencies.