Digital transformation is a hot topic these days, you have probably heard about these buzzwords: cyber security, social media, mobility, big data and analytics, Internet of Things, and cloud computing. By changing one’s IT assets, he or she can meet new and emerging demands. However, most organizations still find it challenging to be 100 percent on the new block. You see, they still have to devote a bulk of their resources to keeping their legacy IT environments operational. Well, there’s a solution: hybrid data centers.
What are Hybrid Data Centers?
There is currently no fixed definition of hybrid data centers. These entities can comprise an array of internal and external capabilities and resources, including disaster recovery as a service, infrastructure as a service, software as a service, and public/private/hybrid cloud. Essentially, these data centers will consist of a mix of on-premise and off-premise resources. Between 2016 and 2020, it is estimated that hybrid data centers will continue to be a growing segment of the total data center market. The compound annual growth rate will be over 10 percent.
So, What Can Hybrid IT Do for You?
Hybrid Information Technology can help simplify the management of a mixed environment. You can enable automation and widen your visibility into your resources. With the aid of software-defined computing, storage, and networking, you will be able to maximize your resources with greater ease. For example, you can establish rules that automatically re-allocate or allocate resources based on workload requirements and demand.
Moving to a Hybrid, Multi-Cloud IT Environment
It’s time to move! As an enterprise, it is essential for you to have both the flexibility and agility to access applications or deliver services securely, efficiently, and quickly, even with limited resources! In fact, an increasing number of enterprises is taking a hybrid approach as we speak. Here is the pattern that is currently being observed:
- Enterprises, with a relatively small IT staff, tend to combine colocation services and hosting services.
- Enterprise, with legacy applications and equipment, continue to operate and manage in-house data centers.
It is time to start thinking what would work for you.
What Does the Future Hold for Data Centers?
Nearly a quarter of on-premises infrastructure will start supporting geo-dependent workloads. They will be linked directly to public or hosted clouds via PaaS or IaaS stacks, on integrated appliances. As the environment becomes more sophisticated, the hybrid data center environment will flourish as the new norm.
Noting that, you should start building network infrastructures that support hybrid data center. Don’t make the mistake of wasting your IT budgets on inefficient application workload management, configuration, and placement. If you get these things out of the way, you will be able to reduce human mistakes and errors that are caused by non-automated networks. Expensive and repetitive tasks will be the least of your worries and you will be able to keep operational expenses in check.
However, you should keep in mind that orchestration (combining automated tasks into a workflow) and automation are only parts of the bigger picture. You still need a well-managed, agile, and responsive network. This will power your hybrid data center and even pay for it!