Ray Pfeifer, founder & co-chair of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's Data Centre Efficiency initiative
SINGAPORE, 1 April 2011 - Converged infrastructure and new technologies are paving the way for newer, greener data centres and cloud computing. This is according to data centre energy efficiency expert Ray Pfeifer, founder and co-chair of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's Data Centre Efficiency initiative.
Pfeifer was speaking at the Green Data Centre Forum hosted by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore and SPRING Singapore yesterday (31 March) at the Singapore Management University.
Converged infrastructure includes the integration of server, storage, networking, virtualisation, and other resources tied together as part of a data centre integrated solution. Such a solution, according to Pfeifer, can be managed as a single system. "Its resources can be dynamically allocated as required providing higher resource utilisation and availability than traditional static infrastructures."
Pfeifer added: "new technologies will make data centres greener, more virtual, more converged and capable of connecting to the cloud."
Pfeifer also projected that this year, new virtual server deployments will exceed new physical servers and the gap will continue to widen. He said: "virtualisation will expand beyond servers to virtual appliances from storage arrays, to networking switches to WAN appliances."
Heavily virtualised and converged infrastructure is not only paving the way for new data centre design and operations, but it is a leading factor for cloud computing, according to Pfeifer.
"Chief information officers are increasingly considering adoption of cloud computing," said Pfeifer. Accordingly, he said: "as private, hybrid, or public clouds are adopted, (data centre operators) need to adjust how (they) design, operate and manage data centres."
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