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Where are you on your data centre journey?

The evolution of technology is nothing short of dizzying. Successful organisations must be able to keep up with this ever-changing environment, and that includes not just products but IT infrastructure as well.

What kind of journey is your data centre on? For many organisations, the journey is anything but fast-paced. And there’s no shame in that. After all, the data centre had traditionally been a huge capital expenditure, and an incredibly complicated endeavour, with countless interconnecting parts and overlapping processes.

Remember that evolving a data centre to keep up with the growing volumes of data and the changing needs of the business has been a costly proposition, which means change has to be carefully planned and implemented thoroughly  and scrupulously. So here’s a small glimpse of where many IT people in the data centre business find themselves and their organisation today: Consolation, virtualisation and automation sourced from the Dimension Data Next-Generation Data Centres for Dummies guide.

Consolidation

It’s a major task, consolidating and connecting storage and servers, achieving economies of scale, and establishing the necessary facilities with adequate power and cooling capabilities. Most businesses are still running on their tier 2 data centre infrastructure.

Virtualisation

Many companies are in the midst of virtualising facilities, local area networks, storage area networks, and the like. Research indicates that roughly half of all servers were virtualised at the start of 2015, with the expectation that the number would grow to nearly 60% by the end of the year.

Automation

This is an area of real promise in the data centre journey, but for many organisations, it will be a while before there is significant automation in data centre policies and operations. It will likely be five to ten years before automation and IT management process maturity will truly be in the mainstream. A key to remember regarding automation is that it must work hand-in-hand with process change. Those who don’t invest in process aren’t likely to realise many of the gains that automation and managed options can bring.

So what’s the problem?

That all sounds pretty good, so what’s the problem here? There are, unfortunately, a number of roadblocks in a data centre’s journey to the future, and these hurdles can cause frustration and second-guessing in that direction. Find out about these, and how you can overcome them, in our Next-Generation Data Centres for Dummies guide.

Jahangir Naina

General Manager, Data Centre Business - Asia Pacific