We are at the beginning of a major transition to the Mobile-Cloud era. Trends like bring your own device (BYOD), access anywhere, virtualization, and machine-to-machine connections have given way to a new breed of applications. We estimate that approximately 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020. In 2010 alone, more than 350, 000 applications were developed with more than three million downloads. A 44-fold increase in data creation is predicted from 2010 to 2020, with 34 percent of it in the cloud. All of this leads to a world of intuitive connections between people, processes, data and things on the network – the Internet of Everything.
It means the trends we've been discussing over the past several years are all having a cumulative effect putting new demands on IT. The onus is on IT to make applications available anytime, anywhere for employees and allow businesses to move with greater agility and speed. The goal is to free the business from the constraints of legacy infrastructure and move to a world of anything delivered "as a service". This creates a velocity differential requiring a shift to services delivered from the cloud.
Consolidation is the new-age mantra and compute technologies have not been far behind. The new-age servers are designed for new levels of simplicity, flexibility, integration, reliability, and upgradability and help reduce the cost of business operations.
In tune with evolving technologies, Alackrity has provided customers with latest compute technologies, such as chassis-based servers, thin clients, and high-end main frame servers to help:
- Transition or migrate an aging solution to meet performance demands and reduce management expense.
- Reduce IT operational expense and deploy new services and applications more quickly with a cloud-ready infrastructure
- Reduce the costs to support business applications like CRM and ERP while improving flexibility
- Reduce complexity improve reliability and free up IT experts from managing sprawling infrastructures
The biggest challenge from an IT perspective in regards to storage is to manage data growth on an average, more than 50 percent per year) and achieve big data scale with an automated, scale-out storage platform that enables you to add capacity at zero operational cost and scale performance and throughput linearly.
Some of the other challenges:
- File-based data growth is faster than block-based data
- Unstructured data growth is faster than structured data
- Server virtualization is driving demands for networked storage
- Storage currently accounts for 37-40% of overall data center energy consumption from hardware
- Compliance regulations will accelerate the growth in storage capacity requirements and prompt the developments of new technologies for storing and archiving
- Compliance regulations will force the users to migrate to new media several times in the information life time.
To keep pace with these challenges, there has been a great deal of technical advancements like
- Autonomic active management
- Virtualized resources
- Policy-based mgmt.
- Thin provisioning
- New and faster protocols
- Clustered Storage
- Dedicated storage
- Smart HDDs
In this age of evolving technologies, IT infrastructure has become the epicenter of any organization and more so in the area of datacenters
Some of the constant challenges that are being faced by enterprise in the area of IT infrastructure are listed below.
- Accommodate increasing computational and storage requirements.
- Ability to scale up to meet the growing IT requirements.
- Integrate a complete data center facility monitoring system
- Implement data center consolidation / virtualization project.
The days of improving or optimizing IT infrastructure in silos is long over. Organizations have to now look at the IT ecosystem as a whole with all its components both active and passive not only from a technology point of view but also from an infrastructure point of view. Implementing this next-gen IT ecosystem is now a niche that needs strong partnerships with market-leading OEMs. It is about coordinating the design and execution of the entire spectrum of infrastructure requirements including civil, electrical, fire & safety etc. to help organizations maintain their edge. The definition of core competence is now changing in the new age.