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Data Centre market in the midst of a revolution

Stuart Fox, General Manager, Data Centre Solutions, Dimension Data Asia Pacific | Sept. 11, 2014
Contrary to popular belief, a large percentage of businesses have over-planned their data centre facilities considerably and will be looking to shrink – rather than grow – their environments over the next few years.

Cost and efficiency benefits of cloud are compelling

Turning to the cost and efficiency benefits of cloud is extremely compelling.  It's no surprise that data centre managers are embracing the notion of moving certain applications to the cloud with enthusiasm.   However, it is important, to ensure that such a move doesn't expose the business to risk, disruption, and unforeseen costs. The first few steps in cloud migration often involves re-platforming applications: for example, transitioning them from Unix or mainframe-based architectures to an X86 architecture which allows you to move off physical infrastructure using virtualisation technologies. 

This process can be complex and organisations need to take into account the processes and managed services offerings for the different types of cloud services. For example, if you're using public cloud services for testing and development activities, you're effectively leveraging a platform as a utility.  So, organizations need to assume that all relevant processes are in place to keep the utility up and running while continuing to manage the environment yourself. However, if the organisations is looking for an enterprise cloud platform on which to run critical applications, expectations need to be far higher. A greater range of options, higher levels of customisation, and all the processes and security elements in a traditional managed services offering is needed.

Few business have migrated their entire infrastructure to a public or cloud environment

While most businesses are testing the waters of cloud computing, few have migrated their entire infrastructure to a public or private cloud environment, and many will still require on-premise infrastructure to meet their needs well into the future.

Significant opportunities exist for organisations to save costs and become more efficient and agile by optimising traditional facilities and/or undertaking a technology refresh. Ageing infrastructure costs more to manage and makes it difficult to capitalise on transformational trends such as cloud and mobility. An outdated network architecture will prevent an organisation from delivering the user experience and application performance expected. It will also affect the business's ability to get the cost savings promised by virtualisation, converged infrastructure, and cloud.

With a modern, optimised data centre infrastructure in place, the delivery of new and existing applications and services to users, wherever they may be and irrespective of their device of choice will be accelerated. 



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