How Data Centers are Impacted by Newer Generations

data centersTechnology is constantly evolving, and it is essential for younger generations to be interested and involved in the industry. Data centers are being built at increasing rates and there is a need for the participation of the younger workforce.

Data center recruitment has seen interest from 70% of young professionals in the industry. In contrast, one-third of the data workforce are finding it challenging to acquire younger employees. It is challenging acquiring younger employees because they are simply unaware that data centers exist. Data centers are not well known to the younger generation because they are often overlooked compared to the hot topics in the industry such as cloud computing and DevOps. To combat lower levels of interest and increase the number of Millennials and Gen Z employees the following techniques should be followed:

Educate and Start the Conversation

Companies should get involved in high school and middle school programs to educate the younger generation about data centers and how they play into the larger technology industry. Companies can get involved by funding various programs and starting the dialogue with young professionals to educate them about this career path. Additionally, portraying data centers in a way that the younger generation can relate to such as emphasizing that video games, video streaming services, and phone applications all need a home to live in and save the information a data center being that home.

Data Centers Purposes and Artificial Intelligence

Advancements in the cloud, data analytics, artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, and even gaming have shown that these informational centers need to be able to hold these processes and give them a “home.” Most businesses have seen the undeniable purpose behind these powerhouses and have developed data-driven business models. To leverage the need for employees, centers are beginning to utilize artificial intelligence or AI. According to Gartner, 30% of centers that have not integrated machine learning and AI by 2020 will not be properly operational. Certain ways AI can improve data centers are by:

  • Reducing Downtime
  • Conserving Energy
  • Improving Security
  • Monitoring Equipment
  • Changing the Roles of Employees

While AI can automate various tasks in informational powerhouses, employees can delegate other roles and even reduce the need for employee action in certain areas. However, there will be an increased need for training and monitoring the AI to ensure sustainability. This increase in training could lead to even higher-skilled positions and employees. AI showcases a promising potential for numerous technology sectors and will be critical to keeping data centers relevant. The younger generation needs to be educated about the power behind data centers, these informational powerhouses.

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Author: Valerie Stephen