Like a lot of infrastructure, data centers are aging. Many were built before virtualization, cloud computing, converged infrastructure, mobile computing, software-defined networking, and SaaS. While these strategic business and technology initiatives drive enterprise success and competitiveness, they also put a strain on legacy architectures.
At the same time, companies are asking their CIOs to transform their IT departments into more agile and flexible organizations that can capitalize on new technologies. But working with legacy architectures hampers successful implementations. The result is often a patchwork of IT assets and incremental enhancements that have accumulated over the years and produced an array of misaligned technologies.
Our technology partner NetApp SolidFire delivers a number of solutions that are at the heart of the next generation data center, or NGDC. They recently released a whitepaper – Designing the Next Generation Data Center – that contains some great insight. In particular, the whitepaper outlines four compelling reasons why companies should invest in the next generation data centers:
- Pressure from the public cloud on IT delivery. The advanced of public cloud computing from the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS) are putting pressure on internal IT teams and lines of business to deliver applications and data faster and more efficiently. With antiquated architectures and hindrances such as Shadow IT still very much in place in data centers, the move towards cloud computing is spurring change at a rapid rate.
- Automation enablement. Legacy architectures often have their own management software, and the integration process between them is tedious and often repetitious. As a result, older data centers lack the ability to deliver IT services on-demand and at scale is reduced. A NGDC creates service models that are abstracted from the underlying architectures allowing IT to dial up or down resources as needed. The simplified management of the IT itself also frees up resources so developers can spend more time innovating and less time troubleshooting.
- Innovation enablement. Pooling resources and breaking down siloed architectures frees resources while improving efficiencies in data management. As SolidFire states, “Enterprises adopting NGDC technologies consider data as business assets — yielding high value when data is innovatively applied.”
- Reduce complexity and risk. Organizations will inherently slow innovation if risk is not reduced so breaking down the siloes and reducing manual operations is important. The converged approach to the NGDC improves its ability to defend against risks from external and internal threats.
The NGDC is poised to deliver organizational benefits that go beyond traditional data center technologies resulting in stronger innovation, cost savings, and growth. Check back here for future blogs on the technologies that NetApp, NetApp SolidFire, and other technology partners are delivering on this promise.