Disruptions in the Data Center (Part 1)

Article by Rishikesh Kamat



Technology and business changes are creating disruptive impact on modern data centers. This 2-part series will highlight various disruptions and resulting trends in the data center space.

IT over the years have undergone sea change. There is a new normal in enterprise outlook towards IT that organizations have been living with since the downturn of 2009, 5 years ago. IT teams of most organizations across the world faced challenges such as lack of budgets, people, growing demands from IT, and dynamically changing market sentiments.

To survive, IT teams in organizations automated processes, participated with business to find additional revenue sources, improved organizational productivity and efficiencies, and enabled dynamic scaling up and down resources as per the demand of the business or market.

Integrating Disparate Systems

Demand for IT to be the backbone of organizations, supporting and enabling growth, is putting pressure on the CIO to increase efficiencies of IT to deliver more, better, securely and meeting compliance and market needs. Integration of disparate systems has changed the way IT infrastructure is being looked at.

In response to changing business demands and dynamically changing markets, IT teams were looking for ways to optimize their data centers – consolidation and migration, virtualizations, adoption of cloud, etc. We have seen a sea change in the data center strategies since then.

Data Center in a Box

Key challenges that CIOs grapple with in organizations are spiraling cost of building and maintaining state-of-the-art data centers, and flexibility and scalability of delivering services as per business demands.

Traditional data center build and deploy model comes with a set of challenges such as delays, spiraling costs, risks and inflexible facilities.

Modular data centers are changing the dynamics of IT infrastructure in organizations by its inherent ability to quickly deploy and commission data center infrastructure. Repeatable designed modular data centers enable economies of scale and thus lowers costs and reduced TCO (total cost of ownership).

Lego Blocks of Data Center

CIOs are looking at integrating and simplifying data center infrastructure so that their teams spend less time on integrating disparate systems and gain benefits of faster operations, reduced administration and maintenance, speedy deployment and more.

Data centers are trending towards what can only be compared to Lego bricks or blocks versus the rudimentary DC that was based on multiple vendors and platforms.

Data centers will continue to transform from a traditional, virtualized and consolidated central IT infrastructure set to a service-oriented, software-defined, economically efficient, cloud-styled architecture.

The data center resulting from such transformational changes will enable IT departments to deliver IT as a service to their internal customers, host mission critical applications and data that is agnostic to mode of deployment, augment gap capacities by taking help from external cloud, and move workloads seamlessly across various environments without business disruptions. All this will be done economically efficiently.

Having said that, there is a fear for IT after all – business may bypass IT altogether. IT teams will need to take into cognizance the changing dynamics of the evolution of IT within the data center space, there is a good chance that they will lose control of IT within their organizations all together.

Do write in with your comments on various disruptions that is changing dynamics in the data center.