Decoding Data Center Dynamics
Enterprises today are rethinking their datacenter strategies to suit the technical disruptions in the market. For any business, it is necessary to make informed infrastructure decisions to evaluate potential business risks and cost overrunsc One of the k
According to a study by Gartner, the current datacenter market in India is valued at $2.2 billion, and is expected to touch US$4.5 billion mark by 2018. One of the major trends in data centers today is Flash adoption. Enterprises are creating Flash storage tier for business critical applications that are performance hungry to transform their end user experience. In addition to significant performance gains, Flash also results in reduced power cooling and space required for high performance needs. While flash must be embraced, at the same time the disk tier also has a substantial value as a high capacity tier for its cost efficiencies & operational flexibility. For example, one can leverage real time data tiering between flash and disk to optimize the cost and data centre environmental.
Software Defined Infrastructure is seen as the future of digital businesses as it maintains flexible scaling. An increase in adoption of SDS will power business demands as it eliminates hardware dependency and simplifies datacenter management for enterprises. Data Center Complexities can also be simplified with easy-to-deploy and management of hyperconverged infrastructure that aids intelligent automation, industry-leading policy-based management to deliver SLAs per VM, central management for the entire infrastructure stack. It also supports smart life-cycle management for firmware upgrades, element visibility and troubleshooting while ensuring continuous availability & accessibility to application and data. Today with A ‘Unified Compute Platform’ it is possible that we can deliver this level of automation irrespective of the underlying platforms be it converged or hyperconverged. Depending on the business requirements customers might find better value in converged or hyperconverged depending on the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). These trends in data centre technology help organizations focus on the business outcomes by shifting focus from operations to innovation.
One of the major cost factors today in the data center is the back-up of data. Hyper-scale and next generation data centres have significantly reduced their back up costs is by leveraging intelligent object stores. Object stores provide back-up less self-protecting repositories. A content platform is an answer to creating a secure, simple and smart web-scale object storage platform. It addresses the challenge of managing large quantities of data, delivers superior security, overall TCO reduction, efficiency, and interoperability. In addition to being an object store, HCP helps efficient data management, data governance and adheres to compliance requirements.
One of the key elements that has transformed the data centre landscape is IT analytics. CIOs are creating Smart Data Centres by bringing in Analytics capabilities to IT operations to lower IT operational cost, reduce risk and increase IT agility. It helps predict system outages and improves business availability. There is a huge volume of IT systems data available which can be leveraged to identify data center inefficiencies and tools like Pentaho helps accelerate smart data centre journey.
For any business, it is necessary to make informed infrastructure decisions to evaluate potential business risks and cost overruns, before moving IT assets to a data center.