Newer data centers look far different than they did just a decade ago, and strategies for design and style continue to shift under the weight of big data, cloud computing, mobility and other technology trends.
Data center infrastructure now extends beyond the brick and mortar walls to public clouds, where data that was once considered too sensitive to leave the building is now hosted. Servers have been consolidated and fully virtualized on converged infrastructure systems. The data center has to be highly scalable and systems need to be faster every year. IT professionals within the data center have to be jacks of all trades. And of course, the business side demands all of that on a minimal IT budget.
In this guide, we present all the tenets of a modern data center strategy, including the latest in data center infrastructure, operations and management. We also cover the changing role of IT, important IT skills of tomorrow and the tools IT pros need to manage a hybrid environment.
1Explore the future-
Tomorrow's data center
While no one can predict what the future holds, where data centers are concerned at least you can look at emerging technologies and plan accordingly. Here are a few data center design strategies to watch.
Software-defined networking (SDN) promises a virtual network infrastructure that can be provisioned as easily as setting up a new virtual server. But real-world SDNs are hard to find and require significant management and resources. Continue Reading
Organizations can extend the working life of their aging data center by renovating the facility and making these changes -- some of which cost little to nothing. Continue Reading
VMware, AMD and other major tech industry players discuss trends and the ways their own new technologies might influence the data center in years to come. Continue Reading
Cloud computing, flash storage, software-defined networks (SDN), virtualization and new data center management tools will help data center managers deliver the data their customers or end users need. Continue Reading
2An evolving workforce-
The changing role of IT
As the technology inside data centers changes, so must the IT personnel working with it. One of the most visible changes is the DevOps movement. These tips outline just how the role of IT is changing in the data center.
One of the rock stars of the cloud and DevOps movement shares lessons learned from using Opscode's Chef configuration management tools in its data center design strategy. Continue Reading
3Cloud, convergence and cooling-
The latest in data center infrastructure
Looking at emerging technology is important for the future of data centers, but what today's data center? These tips on cloud computing, converged infrastructure and data center cooling show the current trends to follow.
With the pace of innovation over the past several years on the client side, spearheaded by smartphones and tablets, it is important, if not necessary, that servers pick up the innovation pace. The latest micro servers may be the answer. Continue Reading
Ten years from now, will we look back on the traditional server vendors as dinosaurs that could not withstand the giant asteroid that is public cloud? Or will we marvel at their resourceful ability to adapt and survive? Continue Reading
IT has three choices with public cloud: steering clear, maintaining its entire environment off-site in the cloud or seeking the best of both worlds with the hybrid cloud model. Continue Reading
Stagnant strategies for data center cooling will keep energy bills climbing ever higher, but a more modern data center strategy can bring them back down to earth. Continue Reading
When it came time for a new data center, VSE decided -- after much research -- to build rather than outsource, and repurpose its old equipment for DR. Continue Reading
Big data, data center applications
Big data has evolved to establish its place in the enterprise data center. Staying on top of the latest software and hardware changes ensures that your company will make the most of the data deluge.
Brace yourself for big data. If it hasn't already hit your data center, it will soon and it may place new demands on your IT infrastructure, operations and data center strategy. Continue Reading
Reducing servers results in smaller data center facility concerns and costs, but migrating apps to a SaaS model is not without its own unique hurdles. Continue Reading
5Take the temperature-
Data center management
Agility, efficiency and mobility are three aspects of modern data center management. Learn how to monitor energy use, remain flexible like the cloud and keep up with mobile users with these tips.
Enterprise IT shops that want to become more agile should take some cues from public cloud providers, which have raised the bar in terms of efficiency in the past decade. Continue Reading
Metrics tools that examine energy efficiency provide broad measurements that are helpful for enterprises that want to minimize energy use. Continue Reading