Convergence is key to data proliferation management

Amit Luthra DellData center managers have been dealing with exponential data growth for years. The pace of growth, however, has accelerated dramatically in the last year. There still exists tremendous potential in data center that can be tapped provided there is reduction in operational stress and an economization of management.

Enterprises have to consider things before working on the design and implementation of their data center. They are challenged to manage and cut costs, preserve capital and maintain a competitive edge; thus a lot of these factors have to be considered while setting up and managing a data center efficiently.

The key challenge for a CIO is to build IT services with measured metrics that support business objectives such as revenue growth, customer retention, and regulatory compliance and look for a solution that can provide cost savings, reduced energy consumption, improved space utilization and optimize IT assets. The need for increased data center planning has grown as IT managers look for new ways to optimize performance in high density facilities.

With data being precious to any organization, data centers are considered critical by many organizations when it comes to storing critical information. A data center helps find new ways to improve business, increase revenue and gain market share. The optimum use of data centers happens when the organization is able to harness the information available in the datacenter efficiently. However, there is more to maintaining a data center than meets the eye.

Data center hardware spending includes servers, storage and enterprise data center networking equipment. The management of data centers and all the critical information it holds introduces risk to the business. It can lead to clogged networks, reduction of data access performance and stretched storage resources. In addition, data might be accessed and managed by different applications which can lead to silos of information that goes unconsolidated. This will ultimately result in loss of critical information, inefficiency in data center management and huge losses in storage management costs. Therefore, it is necessary to update data centers so as to maximize its potential and minimize risks.

There are four key business and technology drivers for new data center architectures.
Data center consolidation: For most enterprises, their business depends upon a Amit Luthrawell-functioning data center and they would prefer to reduce the complexity that comes with fragmented facilities in a data center. Data consolidation helps overcome these complexities and improves operations.

Increasing powerful and scalable compute: The scale of data center deployments is increasing with the adoption of powerful multi-core processor servers, blade servers and interfaces with higher bandwidth. These large scale solutions lead to increase in network performance.

New application deployment and delivery model: Data centers are being reshaped by new application architectures and service delivery models. This enables new bandwidth traffic flows within the data center and demands high performance from servers.
Virtualization and cloud mega trends: Enterprises are turning to the cloud to improve business agility, reduce expenses, and accelerate business innovation.

A data center design that is able to overcome challenges and cater to the pressing needs of today’s IT infrastructure is converged infrastructure. Intelligent infrastructure management helps companies to shift their IT focus from maintaining disparate devices in data centers to directing a single landscape of servers (both physical and virtual) and storage. This will enable better maintenance at lesser cost and with fewer complexities.

Converged infrastructure consists of merging servers, power and cooling management and networking equipment together thus helping enterprises to reduce cost. It also helps in increasing business productivity without the hassle of managing multiple hardware and software equipment. Companies need a scalable datacentre which provides performance with efficiency. An ideal data center should have the latest technology to eliminate routine maintenance, give balance power and should be responsive to technology changes.

In conclusion, when it comes to management of data proliferation, data center convergence is a solution that warrants attention. With increasing business and user demand it makes perfect sense for organizations to opt for a practical solution like convergence.

The author, Amit Luthra is the National Manager for storage solutions marketing at Dell.