HP recently released a white paper on how they see the future of
data centers evolving. Following is a brief summary of their
Data Centers are changing constantly with all the improvements
and innovations that technology provides. It is now extremely
important for companies to combine business along with
technology if they want to be highly successful.
Future data centers will need to concentrate on the services
that their clients require. This will result in Service Data
Centers being formed.
These new data centers will provide multiple resources for their
clients. As required the client may draw on these resources and
use them for as long as necessary. When no longer needed the
resource will be placed back into the Service Data Center pool
and be available to other clients.
The data center of the future will be automated and flexible.
This allows new businesses to draw on additional resources as
required. It provides money saving costs for all businesses as
their demand for resources fluctuates.
Traditional data centers are designed to handle peaks. This is
effective in handling and delivering the required resources but
the downside is that they can be expensive.
Virtual data centers are designed to be leveraged. Resources
are pooled together and drawn upon as needed. This design is
optimal for dealing with peak processing times while it also
helps leverage capital and operational funds.
Services data centers will not be IT focused but focused on
business needs. Business functions are made available for
clients and these functions will be automatic. When it comes to
storage the new service centers will need to offer data
classification along with storage capabilities.
The monitoring system within the services data center is
crucial. Businesses are running in a real time scenario so
predictive monitoring is important. Component failure will need
to be indentified before failure occurs.
Availability could almost be considered the number one priority
in a services based data center. By incorporating virtual
solutions additional IT resources can be added on the fly and
used by each client as required.
Automation is another key component of the services data center.
Traditional service levels were based on metrics. The shift will
now be required to something being called business service
levels, which are directly related to a function such as meeting
billing cycle needs. The business service level will show how
the business is performing.
HP concludes that overall the new data center of the future will
not just focus on technology. It will shift its focus to the
services provided to their clients. This shift is vital for any
company wanting to remain competitive in todays marketplace.