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BLOG: Redefining Data Centre Economics

Ron Goh | Aug. 12, 2013
In today’s world, hardware working closely with software offers extreme performance, unmatched in the industry.

Desktop-to-Data Centre Virtualisation Boosts ROI

Virtualisation can generate cost and operational benefits in excess of those offered by consolidation alone. By enabling the sharing of IT resources across a business, virtualisation can greatly increase utilisation levels and significantly improve return on investment.

Virtualisation is a key technology used in data centres to optimise resources. As IT needs continue to evolve, virtualisation can no longer be regarded as an isolated technology to solve a single problem. Many companies started the optimisation journey by using server virtualisation to consolidate systems and reduce capital expenditure (CAPEX). With IT staff now tasked to deliver on-demand services, data centre virtualisation requirements have gone well beyond simple consolidation and CAPEX reduction.

Performance, Scalability and Flexibility for Massive Consolidation

To be able to consolidate effectively, new systems must have the performance, capacity, security, and scalability to support expected performance levels for targeted applications-even as applications change and grow over time.

Streamlining IT with a Private Cloud-Ready Platform

The foundation of a mission-critical cloud must combine agility, flexibility, and security with scale and performance, e.g. Oracle Solaris possesses all of the attributes required to power the most demanding enterprise clouds. Built-in virtualisation, ease of deployment for applications, and workload mobility are base-line requirements. More importantly, control of these capabilities must be achieved across large pools of compute and storage resources. For compliance purposes, ease of monitoring and reporting are likewise necessary.

With software and hardware designed and tested to work together, overall system management gets dramatically easier. Performance and availability increase, at the same time that costs and deployment times decrease. This unique ability provides an added advantage to vendors which have their software and hardware products engineered, tested, packaged, certified, deployed, supported, and upgraded together.

For some companies, advancing to the next-generation data centre involves moving business content out of legacy applications and platforms and into versatile, more-cost-effective IT environments. The goal is to retain existing application assets by transforming them to modern languages, databases, and services.

By aligning your data centre goals of high availability, less complexity, and lower costs with the overall goals of your business, you have a data centre that's on track to handle the challenges of today and can grow with your business to take advantage of opportunities to come.

Ron Goh is ASEAN VP, Systems Sales, Oracle Corporation.

 

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