Is the dawn of data center obsolescence upon us?
However, the reality is that many data centers are built on outmoded technology - proprietary or obsolete hardware and software that limits the speed at which the data center and the wider business can adapt. Closed, poorly integrated and inflexible underpinnings don't just slow down the productivity of IT staff, but also the entire business.
Nowhere is this a more accurate representation than in the data center network. The network isn't just a component of the data center; it's the core of the data center. Without a network, users will not be able to connect to applications, applications cannot access the required data and valuable assets will be left idle. That is why for organizations to succeed in the digital era, the network architecture needs to first evolve, in order to set up the business for evolution.
Furthermore, frustration between internal departments often occurs when new applications cannot be instantly deployed, due to the presence of time-lag in network configuration and resource deployment. Developers require an environment where they can constantly innovate to meet demand. So any delay in deployment will stifle their creativity and morale, while consequently, customers are alienated, causing businesses to lose competitive ground and take a hit on the bottom line.
Breaking boundaries with cloud adoption
Looking into the future, these challenges will become even more critical. The IDC FutureScape report also highlights the increased use of out-sourcing - projecting that 48 percent of companies' IT assets will lie outside the walls of headquarters, such as positioned offsite in colocation or hosted in cloud data centers by 2018. This means that up to one third of IT staff will be employees of third party service providers.
In addition, regardless of organizational boundaries, the shift to incorporate the best workforce will help businesses remain competitive, encourage the development of new cloud skills and keep downward pressure on costs. However, these benefits will only be achieved if external platforms and employees are not bound by legacy infrastructure or organizational thinking, thereby allowing the freedom for interaction with in-house staff and IT systems.
Unsurprisingly, legacy infrastructure can hold an enterprise back. Instead, an open network built on industry standards and designed to prevent vendor lock-in is an option that protects an organization's initial investment, while also avoiding a long-term rip-and-replace culture. Additionally, this provides the flexibility for newer applications to be added live to the network with speed and ease as they are developed over time.
For modern businesses operating in an always-on digitized world, the data center requires major ongoing investment to meet these organizational goals. After all, the data center network is the main tissue that connects the development, back-office and customer-facing elements that support the delivery of customer expectations.
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