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We stand on the shoulders of giants. The advances and discoveries of those who came before us have enabled humans to unlock the world around us. From our unravelling of the human genome, to footprints on another world, and the creation of complex machines that drive us to greater discoveries, no accomplishment exists without the trailblazers from our past.
The fourth industrial revolution is the very embodiment of that principle...a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres. Comprised of fundamental ingredients such as machine learning and AI in the form of cyber physical systems, decentralisation of decision making is enabled. This is then infused with information systems (IT) that aggregate data from sensors and machines to provide context.
The impact on our IT departments will be powerful as forces are exerted on every facet of the function from people, to processes, and physical assets. Today we are seeing a glimpse of this revolution in the form of digital transformation.
Digital transformation promises to completely overhaul - and optimise - the way enterprises engage with their customers, business networks and workforce. Built upon what IDC refers to as 'third platform technologies' - comprised of foundational elements including cloud, analytics, mobile and social - organisations are amalgamating this palette of ingredients to create outcomes that transform how they operate.
But we have a problem. Outdated infrastructure is failing to match the new IT challenges brought about by emerging digital trends. Though businesses are scrambling to keep pace with the rate of change, current systems are not equipped to handle the new and growing levels of complexity that the market demands. Further, grand intentions for strategic investment, research and innovation are deprioritised as IT leaders are stretched too thin doing little more than keeping the lights on, leaving the potential for evolved data centres that can support fourth industrial revolution use cases ultimately neglected.
"We can measure this neglect by looking at the age of our data centres," says Matt Oostveen, Chief Technology Officer, VCE, Converged Platforms Division of EMC. "Aging facilities, populated with legacy infrastructure, are not up to the demands placed upon them by digital transformation."
Understanding this problem, then developing strategies to rectify it is paramount if we're to establish a stable foundation for the coming change.
Not only must the data centres of the future be refreshed, but they must also exhibit a new set of characteristics not present in ageing facilities. This modern data centre must also be fast and efficient and embrace the modern characteristics, namely; software defined, flash technology, built on the principles of cloud and capable of scaling-out to massive capacities.
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