Trends in Data Center Modernization
Data center modernization typically refers to the response needed to address agility changes. In order to stay competitive, companies must adopt new and disruptive technologies to allow them to keep up with the demand of digital business needs.
Organizations that make the best case for data center modernizations are those who are constantly in flux, shifting to accommodate ever-changing customer demands and the need to stay competitive.
According to a report by Avande, the majority of the 800 professionals who responded to a poll said that ignoring trends in data center design modernization would lead to negative consequences when it comes to growth. They also reported that data center modernization would boost company revenue by 14% and cut costs by 13%. Finally, almost nine out of ten respondents believe that modernizing software engineering approaches and automation technologies are key to address emerging digital business requirements. Here are the latest trends in data center design modernization.
Moving To The Cloud
Whether it be public, private, or hybrid, more companies than ever are leaning on the cloud for their storage needs. 41% of all organizations today are using the cloud, and that number is expected to increase to 60% within the next few years. Innovative organizations can’t afford to be restricted by the inflexible systems of the past; they need services and resources that scale as they do.
As more and more users are moving to the cloud, traditional enterprise storage, server, and networking hardware vendors have adapted by pre-integrating as much as possible to make on premise hardware simpler to buy, install, manage, and maintain. Integrated infrastructure and converged systems now represent one of the fastest growing segments of the enterprise hardware market, and for good reason. What used to come in separate boxes has now become a converged system, with increased benefits such as greater efficiency, smaller footprints, improved scalability, and autonomic operation.
DevOps, Containers, and Microservers
IT organizations are refocusing their strategies to become more responsive to business users. The combination of DevOps, containers, and mircoservers is helping to make IT shops make the crucial move towards an IT-as-a-service mindset, which promises to lower the cost and effort of deployment for workloads of all types. Efforts are underway to accelerate agile development practices and the use of containers has exploded, making it easier to divide work and assign responsibility, and make adoption by enterprise companies easier. While enterprise adoption remains in the early stages, it’s been easy to see the emerging possibilities of DevOps, smart use in both IaaS and PaaS cloud resources, and containers have been transforming the way IT works internally. Containers have the same consolidation benefits of any virtualization technology, but have less need to reproduce operating system code, meaning less duplication and less resource consumption.
Platforms and Analytics
As data center design changes, it’s imperative to take a fresh approach toward storing, processing, and analyzing data that drives business operations. Enterprises must stay current with their methods – either by carefully watching the rapid evolution of core data platforms themselves or by working with an IT consultant who can guide them. Analysis now requires more dynamic, exploratory, and expansive capabilities than what dated platforms can provide. The innovation in recent data driven platforms has been driven by the emergence of NoSQL non-relational databases.
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