The data centers will attract a lot of value and attention because of the growing need and leaning, acceptance, and receptiveness toward moving data and workloads to the internal and public clouds. There will be constant need to reduce infrastructure cost, and IT budget to provide cutting-edge technology to the internal and external customers.
With the increasing competition with the public cloud service providers, IT organizations now need to provide IT as a service to internal and external customers with sparse profit margins in Data centers.
Public cloud computing
Cloud computing has changed the outlook of the CIO when it comes to IT budgeting for the IT infrastructure. Due to the slowdown and cost cutting measures adopted by business houses across the globe to survive and compete in the mercilessly competitive business arena, public cloud computing has gained far more importance in the recent times.
Right from the design, planning, implementation, delivery, and maintenance phases, all the business and IT functions are moving to the public clouds to cut cost and scale IT capacity faster to address the changing business requirements of the clients.
Blended IT and services
Due to advent of public cloud computing, IT organizations have become more cautious in spending their money. There is a growing trend toward retaining only the mission-critical applications and data in house on the private cloud and moving the less critical workload, tools, and applications to the public cloud to make optimal and efficient use of the IT resources.
Private clouds address the security concerns of the businesses where data security of the highest importance than anything else to survive in the market for customers such as banks, financial institutions, and R&D institutions.
Public clouds address the agility, scalability, and speed of the customers at peak times when there is spike and the mission-critical workloads take priority on the private clouds, IT organizations need to offload less critical workload to the public cloud in order to preserve and maintain the performance of mission-critical workloads. This offload to public cloud ensures business continuity without affecting the performance of the IT resources. This in turn helps to retain the customers and attract new customers.
Cloud computing has increased the competition in the IT world. IT organizations now provide IT resources such as applications, databases, and tools as a service. Rather than selling them to the customer, customers are billed for leveraging them as per the usage.
Remote Employee Access
As more and more organizations are looking at ways to save every penny because every penny saved means increased chances of success of the IT organization as they can invest this saved money in R&D and innovation to win over their competitors, they are encouraging more and more employees to work remotely to cut the cost of office space and other office resources.
Private clouds provide far more security to specific client for whom data security is paramount. Trust built by IT organizations goes a long way in getting long-term contracts from these skeptical customers. IT organizations can cash on these fear factors and earn an extra penny.
IT organizations are moving from the authoritarian controlled approach to the user-centric computing as more and more employees, partners, and vendors work remotely. Data centers need now provide remote access to the applications, database, and tools securely. Resources are bought as per the needs of the users.
Data center efficiency
IT organizations now need to cater to the changing and increasing demands of the internal and external customers such as partners, in-house team of technical experts, and vendors. To cater to the scalability, reliability, performance, cost-effectiveness, and demands of business challenges of the customers, data centers need to use internal and external clouds judiciously as per the customer’s business requirements.
The new data center
The new data centers have now moved to a more service-oriented approach from the traditional approach with more emphasis on saving cost by using the software-as-a-service models.
The business houses may bypass completely
IT organizations who do not embrace these changes in the data centers, they might be totally or completely ignored by the business houses. IT organizations will need to embrace all these trends to stay and grow in this competitive environment. They will need to restructure their strategies to support remote users, blended use of private and public cloud computing, high performance computing instantaneously on demand, the growth of the customer‘s business as never before in the fiercely competitive world of cloud computing.