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October 2014

5 Trends Transforming the Data Center
The article highlights 5 key
trends that is transforming and
paving way for the evolution of
next-generation data centers.

There is a new normal in enterprise outlook towards IT that
organizations have been living with since the downturn of
2009, 5 years ago. During the downturn, IT teams of most
organizations across the world faced challenges such as
lack of budgets, people, growing demands from IT, and
dynamically changing market sentiments.
So what did businesses do? To survive, IT teams in
organizations automated processes, participated with
business to find additional revenue sources, improved
organizational productivity and efficiencies, and enabled
dynamic scaling up and down resources as per the
demand of the business or market.
Organizations started adopting innovative and disruptive
technologies and strategies that meet business demands
and can dynamically transform as per market demands.
Utility computing, cloud computing and as-a-service models
gained momentum – more rapidly in the last 5 years.

5 Trends Transforming the Data Center

Growing popularity of IT-as-a-Service models and constant
need to optimize costs in organizations pushed data
centers to the edge of another transformation. Other
factors affecting data centers include growing and
increasing complexity mobile and remote workforce
demands, SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud), need
for business agility and flexibility, and increased security.
We have seen the following trends catalysts to
transformation of data centers:

organizations are looking at their data center evolution.

Modular Data Center
Two key challenges that CIOs grapple with in organizations
are spiraling cost of building and maintaining state-of-the-art
data centers, and flexibility and scalability of delivering
services as per business demands.

Need for Integrating Disparate IT Systems

Traditional data center build and deploy model comes with
a set of challenges such as delays, spiraling costs, risks
and inflexible facilities.

Demand for IT to be the backbone of organizations,
supporting and enabling growth, is putting pressure on
the CIO to increase efficiencies of IT to deliver more,
better, securely and meeting compliance and market
needs. Integration of disparate systems has changed
the way IT infrastructure is being looked at.

Modular data centers are changing the dynamics of IT
infrastructure in organizations by its inherent ability to
quickly deploy and commission data center infrastructure.
Repeatable designed modular data centers enable
economies of scale and thus lowers costs and reduced
TCO (total cost of ownership).

In response to changing business demands and
dynamically changing markets, IT teams were looking for
ways to optimize their data centers – consolidation and
migration, virtualizations, adoption of cloud, etc. We have
seen a sea change in the data center strategies since then.

As-a-Service Models
IT-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service(IaaS),
Software-as-a-Service(SaaS),
Platform-as-a-Service
(PaaS), is here to stay.
According to a special report from Gartner, Many
organizations have now passed the definitional stage of
as-a-service models and are testing it inside and outside
the enterprise and over time, the disruptive strategy will
simply become one of the ways that we 'do' computing,
and workloads will move around in hybrid internal/external
IT environments.
As-a-Service models and hosted services allow IT teams to
offload routine operations such as hardware maintenance
and management and network monitoring to third parties.
Organizations are seeing clear and definite benefits from
adoption of these models.

Software-Defined Everything
IT evangelists are harping on software-defined everything in
all its myriad contexts – software-defined data centers
(SDDC), software-defined networks (SDN), softwaredefined storage (SDS), and the super set, software-defined
infrastructure (SDI).
By definition, software-defined is about the larger role
played by software systems in controlling multi-piece
hardware systems and devices. Techopedia defines
Software-Defined Everything (SDE) as a set of various
systems controlled by advanced software programs and
constructed in a virtual, versus physical, hardware space.

Models of Deployment – Public,
Private and Hybrid
Over the last many years, cloud has caught on as the next
level of disruption within IT. CIOs are using public clouds for
elasticity and massive scale, private cloud deployments for
increased control, security, compliance and performance.

Most advanced adopters of cloud are going the hybrid
mode of deployments for deriving the best of both worlds.

Addressing skill shortage within IT departments, substantial
cost savings, scalability, ability to respond to business

Data centers have undergone a sea change in the light of

changes faster, reliability and robustness are some of the

these modes of deployments. Hybrid cloud essentially breaks

inherent benefits of these models that is changing the way

data center siloes by standardizing workload requirements so
as to enable easy movement between various environments.

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5 Trends Transforming the Data Center

In Conclusion
Data centers will continue to transform from a traditional,
virtualized and consolidated central IT infrastructure set to a
service-oriented, software-defined, economically efficient,
cloud-styled architecture.
The resulting data centers will enable IT departments to
deliver IT as a service to their internal customers, host mission

critical applications and data that is agnostic to mode of
deployment, augment gap capacities by taking help from
external cloud, and move workloads seamlessly across
various environments without business disruptions. All this will

be done economically efficiently.
The biggest fear of all – business may bypass IT altogether.
Yes, if IT teams do not take into cognizance the changing
dynamics of the evolution of IT within the data center space,

there is a good chance that they will lose control of IT within
their organizations all together.
What do you think? What are the changes in this evolution
affecting your organization? Do write in.

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About Netmagic Solutions (An NTT Communications Company)
Netmagic, an NTT Communications company, is India’s leading Managed Hosting and Cloud Service Provider, with 8 carrierneutral, state-of-the-art datacenters across the country. Established in 1998, Netmagic has been a pioneer in the Indian IT
Infrastructure services space as it was the first to launch services such as cloud computing, managed security, Disaster Recoveryas-a-Service and software-defined storage. An IT Infrastructure Partner to more than 1400 enterprises globally, Netmagic, also
delivers Remote Infrastructure Management services to NTT Communications’ customers across Americas, Europe and AsiaPacific region. Netmagic is the recipient of several industry accolades and was recently chosen by India’s CIO community as the
best service provider of Datacenter Managed Services and Cloud services, at the CIO Choice 2015 Awards. NTT Communications
has subsidiaries and offices in 43 countries / regions, with over 21,600 employees worldwide. It had total operating revenues of
1230bilion JPY for year ending March 31, 2014 and has infrastructure worldwide, including leading global tier -1 IP network, the
Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching 196 countries/regions, and 130 secure datacenters.

NTT Communications is a part of NTT Corporation, Japan – one of world’s largest telecommunications companies and
ranked 53 on Fortune Global 500 list (2014).
For further details please log into www.netmagicsolutions.com | Twitter: @netmagic | LinkedIn: @Netmagic Solutions

About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and
communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide
infrastructure, including leading global tier-1 IP network, Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching 196
countries/regions, and over 150 secure data centers. NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of
NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA

1800 103 3130 marketing@netmagicsolutions.com

www.netmagicsolutions.com


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