Moving Faster in the Enterprise Data Center written by Jarred Baker June 27, Everyone wants to push more data faster, and that need is driving rapid changes in Ethernet speeds in the data center.
The Chicken or the Egg? The Central Role of the Data Center Data centers are at the center of modern software technology, serving a critical role in the expanding capabilities for enterprises.
Whereas businesses just a few decades ago relied on error-prone paper-and-pencil documentation methods, data centers have vastly improved the usability of data as a whole.
But data centers are positioned to play an even more important role in the advancement of technology with new concepts entering the landscape that represent a dramatic shift in the way data centers are conceived, configured and utilized.
It is defined by the physical infrastructure, which is dedicated to a singular purpose and determines the amount of data that can be stored and handled by the data center as a whole. Additionally, traditional data centers are restricted by the size of the physical space in which the hardware is stored.
Storage, which relies on server space, cannot be expanded beyond the physical limitations of the space. More storage requires more hardware, and filling the same square footage with additional hardware means it will be more difficult to maintain adequate cooling.
Therefore, traditional data centers are heavily bound by physical limitations, making expansion a major undertaking. The first computers were very similar to the traditional data center we know today. Early data centers offered sufficient performance and reliability, especially considering there was little point of reference.
Slow and inefficient delivery was a prominent challenge, and utilization was astonishingly low in relation to the total resource capacity. It could take an enterprise months to deploy new applications with a traditional data center.
Byabout 72 percent of organizations said their data centers were at least 25 percent virtual. Behind the virtualized data center is the same physical infrastructure that comprised a traditional, siloed data center.
The cloud computing technology both enterprises and consumers enjoy is driven by the same configurations that existed prior to server virtualization — but with greater flexibility thanks to pooled resources.
The individual siloes — known as server farms — being pooled must still be maintained and managed separately. Server virtualization offered the benefit of better utilization of compute cycles but actually had detrimental impacts on the storage and networking components.
It makes sense for enterprises to move to environments that are easier to manage and require less resources to maintain. There are two main options: Simplify the environment, either through a converged infrastructure or by moving to a ready-made data center, or outsource all or parts of the environment to a third-party cloud provider which would then take on some or all of the maintenance burden.
Better utilization is realized when application workloads are at ideal levels. This means that guest operating systems, or those not native to the data center, could experience a shortage of compute resources. When this occurs, service-level agreements, which typically guarantee server uptimes of close to percent and guarantee the availability of resources, have basically been broken.
Most data centers serve a mix of compute-intensive applications and simpler applications that handle important but less demanding tasks associated with running a business.
The Best of Virtualization and Automation Enter software-led infrastructure SLIwhich aims to capitalize on virtualization technology to take advantage of all the benefits of the virtual data center while enabling portability, functionality, storage and automation of applications both within and between data centers.
The key defining feature of SLI is that total control is exerted by software. That includes automating control of deployment, provisioning, configuring and operation with software, creating one centralized hub for monitoring and managing a network of data centers.
Software also exerts automated control over the physical and hardware components of the data center, including automating power resources and the cooling infrastructure, in addition to the networking infrastructure.
SLI is capable of supporting legacy enterprise applications as well as cloud computing services. There are currently more virtual than physical workloads deployed within the business landscape.
Those workloads require a correlational amount of resources, which would create a significant burden on IT when relying on traditional data centers. But SLI makes resources more fluid and adaptable, so they can be more easily reallocated and shared, not only by applications sharing the resources of a single data center, but even between data centers.
This means resources can be reallocated to different business units seamlessly and as-needed to meet the overall needs of the organization.Kevin has a passion for dissecting tech topics such as virtualization, data center migration, storage, networking and cloud.
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