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

Dataquest - - C9ONTENTS - (Au­thor is Di­rec­tor of Plat­forms and Solutions Group, Hi­tachi Van­tara)

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.

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