Published/updated: November 2010
By Andrew Buss
Data centres are considered to be in good shape and not in need of radical overhaul
While there are undeniably many challenges associated with running a large x86 server environment or data centre, this does not translate into the need for a wholesale overhaul of existing assets or a completely new approach for the sake of it. Many of the issues may be helped by adopting new technologies such as virtualisation, but these need to be considered in terms of how they can incrementally improve or build upon what is already in place.
Outright ownership of servers shows little sign of changing
Despite the economic issues of the last few years, approaches to server procurement still favour outright purchasing. Few companies put much emphasis on alternative options such as financing or leasing, let alone hosting or cloud. Opinions are slowly starting to change, as the future outlook is slightly less hostile to using externally procured services to support the physical infrastructure.
Virtualisation is being widely adopted but is limited mainly to consolidation activity
Virtualisation has become a central tenet of data centre strategy, but a lack of experience, skills and tools, as well as the pressing need to reduce costs, have limited its role to enabling server consolidation. Consolidation is a natural progression for server managers, which fits in with and complements existing server provisioning and management practices. This comes at the cost of some additional complexity in getting to grips with the abstraction that virtualisation provides.
Dynamic Infrastructure needs IT and the business to tie together for full effect
The vision of a fully dynamic infrastructure is appealing, but the journey is not without challenges and risks. IT may gain some advantages from adopting elements of continuously optimised infrastructure, but the level of investment required in terms of platforms and tools may put such an investment out of reach when based on the returns for IT alone. For the benefits to be fully realised, the business needs to be in the driving seat, so that the investment return can be realised and amplified across the business.
Power and efficiency savings are more of a focus than ‘Green IT’
‘Green’ has been one of the most hyped and controversial topics of the last decade, with a lot of focus in both column inches and legislation. Despite this, the majority of companies have no real focus on the environment and sustainability, and only one in eight allow ‘Green’ principles to guide IT investment and behaviour. Even though there may not be an explicit commitment to ‘Green IT’, focusing on power efficiency and reduction makes good operational and business sense.
This report is free of charge. Click above to download the PDF or view the interactive e-document.
If you experience any problems during this process please contact us at;
firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)1425 626501 / 620008
By Richard Edwards
By Dale Vile
By Bryan Betts and Dale Vile
Yesterdays software delivery processes are not up to dealing with today’s demands, but modernising you approach is not just about implementing Agile, even creating a DevOps culture. You need to focus on some specific, hard-core principles. ...more
By Dale Vile & Jack Vile
Cloud services are increasingly becoming part of the IT delivery mix, but a recent study of 378 senior IT professionals suggests a parallel commitment to ongoing investment in the datacentre. This in turn shines a light on the key role of modern application platforms. ...more
By Tony Lock & Dale Vile
Despite the advent to cloud computing the datacentre remains central to corporate IT. But with demands continuing to escalate, how do you ensure your infrastructure is powered robustly and efficiently? ...more
By Bryan Betts
Many are exploiting cloud computing to drive business advantage, while others are enjoying the flexibility and efficiency of DevOps. But what happens if you use both together in a coordinated manner? The answer is a significant amplification of the benefits of each. ...more