Updated: Nov 14
At the heart of your critical business applications is your data centre or someone else's data centre depending how you consume your applications in todays modern world.
I have been involved in the technology industry for what seams like an eternity and there has always been one stable thing to talk about, The data centre. Now in recent years the outlook of the data centre has changed.
The traditional, HQ based data centre isn’t dead however it now looks and acts a lot different than it did just a few years ago. What we’ve traditionally called the enterprise data centre is going to continue to change in dramatic ways in the very near future.
There are two major reasons why
The dramatic upheaval in how organisations use digital technologies for a wide range of applications and use cases, and exciting changes in the form and function of compute infrastructure itself.
These and other developments aren’t just step change improvements over legacy data centre technology and workloads. They are fundamental, even radical disruptions in the role of technology to drive continuous business improvement.
As the very nature of the data centre expands, morphs and transitions, IT decision makers have found themselves under pressure in two fundamentally different, yet intertwined ways.
They must reduce costs and improve operating efficiency on one hand but build an intuitive, adaptive infrastructure that promotes innovation and business differentiation on the other hand.
It’s all about workloads
New workloads, powered and transformed by technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and agile development, have burst onto the scene, changing not only how data is created but also how organisations use data for a wide range of business goals.
Cloud is no longer an efficiency play but now a source of innovation that drives differentiation, enhanced customer experience and enterprise-wide digital transformation.
Even more fundamental and important to this onslaught of new workloads is the reality that cloud computing has changed everything. Cloud is no longer an efficiency play but now a source of innovation that drives differentiation, enhanced customer experience and enterprise-wide digital transformation.
The primacy of cloud computing brought with it the need for a new application architecture, one based on microservices, containers and cloud-native applications instead of monolithic, shrink-wrapped applications. The latest, cloud-based architectures must support an array of processes and approaches for digital transformation, such as hybrid IT, multicloud architecture, DevOps, DevSecOps and agile development.
The result of this application architecture shift has been the rapid development and deployment of transformative workloads, such as customer self-service, pervasive mobility, analytics and business intelligence, data protection and business continuity, the Internet of Things, edge computing and more.
As I talked about in my last blog 61% of admins admit they have trouble managing cloud usage & costs cloud value is difficult to measure and manage. The data centre is exactly the same.
Over the next few months we will be talking about this subject in more detail.
Do you have a clear understanding of your data centre workloads ?
If it's a no then just get in touch and let us start a conversation around the modern data centre and how you can address the challenges, issues or objectives you have.
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