A data centre is the home of information technology. It is at the core of almost any engagement we have with technology today, whether as a consumer or at work. From checking mails or downloading music or apps; to using online government services or accessing business applications off the cloud, it is always a data centre that is powering our interaction with technology.
Data centres have evolved rapidly in the last few years to keep pace with changing user expectations. Within the enterprise, modern data centre management is a constant balancing act that requires rapid responses to new business opportunities and careful management of existing infrastructure costs. Choosing infrastructure platforms that can meet both needs is critical for successful IT organisations.
Cloud is also a huge trend sweeping data centres. Many teams are turning to cloud-style data centre deployments to be able to rapidly deploy new services and consolidate existing infrastructure for the best return on investment. Platforms designed for cloud infrastructure promise to accelerate business results faster than traditional standalone server, network and storage implementations.
Implementing successful cloud infrastructure requires more than state-of-the art data centre technologies such as fast wide-area networks, powerful servers, immense storage capacities, and pervasive high-performance virtualisation. It calls for an end-to-end technology vision.
Thousands of customers are moving towards vendors who can deliver a focused enterprise data centre portfolio designed around the principle of hardware and software engineered to work together. They can expect an optimised enterprise stack that can reduce risk, deliver leading performance, and simplify deployment and management. In today's world, hardware working closely with software offers extreme performance, unmatched in the industry.
Lowering Risk and Protecting Investments
Organisations already using innovative technology enjoy a degree of investment protection unparalleled in the industry. Over 50,000 businesses and institutions run over 11,000 certified applications on these technologies today. Moving existing infrastructure onto the latest operating system and hardware platforms is greatly simplified by the combination of binary compatibility and flexible virtualisation technologies.
Reducing Cost through Consolidation
Virtualisation and cloud computing have become increasingly important as a means to increase flexibility and support growing business requirements for new IT services. Many organisations have deployed virtualised IT infrastructures based on x86 servers to take advantage of lower costs and open architecture that enables a choice of vendors for software components such as operating system, virtualisation software, and management tools.
Even though many businesses have already undertaken some level of consolidation or virtualisation, there is often potential to extend the benefits across much more of their IT infrastructure. Consolidation and virtualisation provide a range of advantages, but they also help businesses to move towards realising the additional cost savings and agility improvements that cloud computing offers.
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