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Where are we with the traditional data centre model?

Posted by on February 9, 2018

The data centre market is changing.

Many businesses are now moving to cloud-based services rather than holding their data in traditional on-premise data centres. In fact, new research shows that most enterprises will run the majority of their IT outside the confines of enterprise data centres by the end of 2019.

In line with this trend, the cloud data centre segment is growing at 18+ per cent – and it is estimated it will be responsible for 92 per cent of data centre traffic by 2020.

2020 is also the year by which the International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that over half of enterprises will have been forced to upgrade their existing facilities – or deploy new ones – to keep up with the demand. Businesses are more than familiar with the concept of modernisation, but it’s an idea that is being viewed by most organisations with reluctance, as an unnecessary spend and a last resort – rather than something that is being used proactively for innovation.

Data centres in particular could, and should, use modernisation as a way to up their game in an increasingly saturated market, to keep up with growing competition. This form of modernisation involves transforming data centres using the latest technologies and trends to improve overall functionality and performance, and cater to emerging business needs.

However, modernisation of data centres is not just about adding more servers, storage or network to the existing data centre; at its core it should focus on an IT solution that caters to ever-changing demands.

Another data centre shift coming to the fore is flash-based storage. Although hard-disk-drive storage will remain a staple thanks to its relatively low storage costs, it has become clear that businesses not considering flash store for active data will be left in the dust. Though the costs previously prevented wide-scale adoption, price levels, volume growth and the increasing desirability for tiered access has officially pushed the flash conversation to the front.

To put it bluntly, data centres need to adopt modernisation – otherwise technology could evolve past them.