Data center transformation
The nexus of big data, cloud computing and enterprise mobility is driving disruption and transformation in the data centers
The cloud, mobility and big data present new business opportunities that are driving IT transformation. Today, businesses are more dependent than ever on their data centers (DCs) to deliver efficient solutions. As applications are developed, deployed, scaled up and moved, DC networks are struggling to keep pace because of complex architectures and operational processes. In addition, single-site DCs have also been replaced by a more complex DC landscape that includes multiple distributed sites as well as services in the cloud.
“The nexus of big data, cloud and mobility is driving disruption and transformation in the DCs. From being locked-down facilities with stable and regular workload needs, they are now dealing with an explosion in demand for computing, storage and networking power as well as the impact of virtualization and cloud computing,” says Jitendra Gupta, Director, Channels and Alliances, India and South Asia, Juniper Networks.
The overall DC services market in India is expected to cross $3.85 billion by 2014 from $1.76 billion in 2010.
Most analysts agree that the prime driver for DC transformation is the data explosion. The amount of digital information created annually will grow by a factor of 50 between 2010 and 2020 to 40,000 exabytes.
Explains Gupta, “What makes it even more critical for organizations is the need to analyze this data with the advent of advanced BI tools
From being locked-down facilities with stable and regular workload needs, data centers are now dealing with an explosion in demand for computing, storage and networking power
and technologies. Mobility and social media are also playing a role in the way data is being managed within DCs. In addition, there is growing demand for computing power by newer applications. This is compelling IT leaders to look for robust, secure and dynamic DCs.”
Another factor impacting the DC market in India is the changing regulatory requirements. The need for better BCP in volatile market conditions and disaster-prone environments is forcing CIOs to relook at their DR and BCP arrangements.
Newer strategies such as BYOD and social media for the enterprise, and increasing Internet-facing businesses, are leading to more devices getting connected. This is forcing DCs to invest heavily in technology to provide not only the needed integration but also address the challenges related to management, monitoring and security.
In addition, the spread of the Internet is driving the growth of
CIOs will need an architecture which can seamlessly connect multiple DC locations and clouds thus ensuring seamless access to applications and services even in the event of a disaster
Internet-centric businesses which are looking at the dynamic scalingout of DC resources and faster time-to-market.
Technologies driving transformation
Two disruptive technologies impacting the future of DCs are virtualization and cloud computing. Aligned with the trend toward more powerful servers, more open application design, and the need to accomplish more with less, the adoption of virtualization in server infrastructure continues to increase.
As the adoption of cloud computing grows it is becoming clear that organizations are going to leverage multiple cloud environments. This means the emergence of inter-cloud connectors that are open and standards-based. Software-defined networking (SDN) is another technology that will redefine the future of DCs. SDN will eventually spawn the new concepts of software-defined DCs and software-defined storage.
In conclusion, the future of DCs in India will be characterized by the CIOs’ need to consolidate their IT efforts in order to do more with much less, keep operations dynamic to be able to scale up or down faster, and be completely flexible in their approach to align IT to their business strategies.
“This will require CIOs to look for feature-rich DC automation to help eliminate operational complexities for network provisioning, management and orchestration,” states Gupta. “They will require a network architecture that can keep pace with server virtualization, hybrid clouds and SDN transformation. They will need an architecture which can seamlessly connect multiple DC locations and clouds thus ensuring seamless access to applications and services even in the event of a disaster. Finally, they must not forget that they will require dynamic DC security solutions which adapt to detect, defend and respond to targeted threats.”