Preparing for 2016 Data Center Challenges

Posted by Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist
February 2, 2016

Data center management professionals have a tough year ahead, according to all the technology articles and blogs circulating over the last few months. Today’s modern data center has built-in complexities that make some decisions difficult:

  1. Converged infrastructure (and hyper-converged infrastructure) require new data center designs and configurations. This often results in the need for more energy and cooling requirements that can put a strain on existing resources.
  2. Internet of Things (IoT) and the resulting Big Data storage requirements. While still a relatively new IT challenge, the amount of data that machine-to-machine communication creates and the subsequent data storage challenges make IoT a topic that cannot be ignored. All those connection points also create potential data security nightmares, depending on what you’re capturing and how you’re storing it. The result – Big Data – is affected by IoT, cloud computing, BYOD, and marketing automation. All of this data can either help your organization make sound business challenges, or it can create storage and data security nightmares.
  3. Cloud computing. Between 2014 and 2019, data center network traffic is expected to rise 300 percent, with global cloud traffic expected to rise over 400 percent during the same period. Cloud application use, BYOD, social media, and even IoT to some extent are all contributing to the accelerating pace of data creation. It’s clear that cloud usage is growing and will continue to grow – inside and outside of your organization’s IT reach.
  4. Data center security. Cloud computing, IoT, and software-defined infrastructure—when combined with increasing malware and cybercrime—will continue to burden data center management professionals. DDoS, phishing schemes, poor patch management, Shadow IT, and employee errors all make network security a serious challenge.
  5. Business-IT alignment. IT enterprises naturally struggle to align the existing and future infrastructure technologies with the business strategy. But it’s increasingly more difficult to improve the cost effectiveness of IT while still meeting the rapidly escalating needs of the business enterprise.

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.

Short of a complete rip-and-replace, there should be a more methodical approach to introducing new technologies and modernizing data centers. Building an accurate and complete model of the application services that drive the business organization is a great place to start.

Application Mapping, what we call AppMap, provides the cornerstone to a well-managed enterprise application infrastructure. It improves business application service delivery and support, while making planning, deployment, and recovery activities simple and streamlined.

AppMap helps set the table for the modern data center (whitepaper download), allowing you to direct IT funding toward the most cost-effective investments that directly improve operational effectiveness, while enabling expansion and growth.

About Dustin Smith Throughout his twenty-year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist, Dustin is responsible for the strategic direction of aligning the company’s growing consulting services with the client challenges he finds in the field, and he works closely with his regional architects to design new programs to address these issues.

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