Technology is evolving faster than ever, with trends such as Big Data, cloud and pervasive mobility driving major transformations, both for business and consumers. The one thing that underpins all these changes - from cloud-hosted business applications to mobile gaming - is the data centre. In both our work and personal lives, our dependence on data centres has never been greater; and it is only going to increase.
Businesses, therefore, need to ensure their data centre is ready for the future. A scalable and flexible datacentre infrastructure is already business critical,with any downtime likely to prove hugely costly. Such issues can impact a business' profitability long afterthe technical faultis resolved. The damage to brand and reputation can be irreparable; just consider the impact if your bank or mobile operator's online services suffered prolonged outages.
As such, data centres can no longer just try and sweat the most out of legacy infrastructure.Fundamental changes are needed to prepare for the future. Data centre owners and business leaders need to embrace innovation... now.
In order to understand what will be needed in the future, businesses (and their IT departments) need to recognise the four key drivers accelerating datacentre evolution:
- Virtualisation is now prevalent in the majority of data centres and requires a much more elegant and robust network topology to provide the raw performance and management flexibility needed
- The advent of faster networks, more (virtual) data centre capacity and higher security requirements means network resilience is critical. As companies empower mobile working, the need for a secure and reliable network is paramount
- The adoption of cloud-based services, either on an application-level (such as CRM tools like salesforce.com) or by outsourcing entire IT requirements to hosting providers, has meant the need for 24/7 network accessibility and resilience has never been greater
- Modern data centres have to deal with more volume -servicemore users, applications and data. This is a trend that will only increase and will require a highly flexible and scalable data centre infrastructure.
Data centre of the future
The question is: how should data centres, now and in the future,respond to these trends and developments? CBR teamed up with Brocade regional director, EMEA West, Joy Gardham, to help explain the three key steps businesses should consider: