As access to virtually unlimited compute resources continues to grow, enterprises and consumers are able to do things that could not be dreamt of until a few years ago. At the core of this shift are Social, Mobility and Analytics trends powered by Cloud technologies. As Public Clouds mature and become more secure, the inhibitions to move to Cloud have begun to disappear. Enterprises want to cloudify their own Datacenters to derive the benefit of agility, elasticity and self-service, learning from Public Cloud providers.
The world is going digital at a much faster pace, putting enormous stress on Datacenters. But weighed down by technical debt, Datacenters are unable to change as quickly as the business environment necessitates.
This paper provides an overview on how CIOs should transform the underlying elements of Datacenters – Infrastructure, Applications, People and Processes - to be able to quickly and confidently face the change.
Digital and its Impact on Datacenters
What does ‘Digital’ or ‘Digitalization’ mean? One of the early examples of large scale digitalization was when we converted mail to e-mail. Communications became digital. Today, everything, from commerce to learning is becoming digital.
The spotlight is now on ‘Digital’ because of the exponential rate at which it is disrupting traditional processes and well-established behaviors. Fuelling this disruption are technologies such as Cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), Mobility, Social platforms and real time Analytics. These technologies have opened fresh opportunities to digitize, triggering a race between enterprises to innovate, increase efficiency and engage with customers.
Consumer behavior is changing, new insurance models are being built, the number of steps to complete financial transactions have decreased with even something as deeply entrenched as physical currency threatening to become digital. Paper files are vanishing. Sensors, actuators, microcontrollers and system-on-chip devices are becoming affordable to build cheap robots and drones. Even governments are being overthrown by social media.
The next decade will see more technology change than the last 40 years put together. End users will demand Always-On and high-performance experiences of applications and services, data volumes and velocity will multiply, perimeters will have to be broken to expand to newer geographies or enable much tighter B2B integration. There will be more machines talking to each other than humans talking to machines, and machines will continuously learn, identify patterns and predict events in a world where ‘Digital’ is becoming pervasive. Meanwhile, enterprises are forced into this disruption while most of their IT infrastructure is still legacy
At the core of digital is data. A consequence of the accelerated growth in digitalization is the new demands placed on Datacenters. Traditional application architectures are not flexible enough to adapt to the heavy data velocity, volume and variety. In addition, the IoT is driving decentralization of Datacenters and data security in borderless enterprises is taking new forms.
Envisioning the New Datacenter
The new Datacenter eco-system must respond to the emerging business conditions dictated by a digital world. This means bringing renewed focus to speed of deployment, availability, flexibility, scalability, agility, maintainability, security and affordability.