Today we want to give you an insight into how a data centre can reduce factory costs and provides better alignment of resources to the business needs within the data centre.
Organisations more and more rely on IT when it comes to allowing their business strategies to grow and change. In the end they need an IT-infrastructure that is more powerful, flexible and cost-effective than ever before. Today’s businesses need systems that are permanently available, providing ubiquitous access and delivering fast, flexible responses to their fast-changing business requirements.
To accomplish this, data centres need to exploit existing enterprise resources in a more efficient way and thereby become more flexible in order to react faster. To meet these challenges, organisations need to build a unique, network-based data centre infrastructure that combines the traditional server, storage and networking infrastructure to better support emerging business applications.
Data centres – factories of the 21st century
A Data Centre Factory (in German) is an integrated platform that is capable of supplying targeted applications, storage and network services exactly when and where they are required. A data centre factory is the result of different data centre entities that converge in a single unified centre. This allows companies to seamlessly integrate and consolidate all elements of physical, virtual or cloud-based solutions.
This can bring together the opposing poles – IT and organisation – in order to increase the efficiency and to support the company’s agility.
A functional data centre factory obviously requires much more than the simple combination of different database infrastructures. The factory should serve as a unique system which can provide database resources for any application and each service when it is needed.
A data centre factory should contain the following
A single provider can hardly offer a complete data centre. The openness of the system is therefore essential to ensure a smooth integration of third party solutions.
Traditional IT silos must be integrated into a single factory to ensure that the storage components and network resources can be easily adapted when changes in the infrastructure occur.
Virtualised infrastructures and application environments that support the data centre have to be as little static as the whole data factory. This means that the company can only be as flexible as the data centre allows.
It is not easy to predict the actual development and growth of storage and network requirements exactly. IT managers should be able to increase the data centre factory in real time to ensure that sufficient capacity is available to provide for both employees and customers.
Today’s enterprise infrastructure requires around-the-clock accessibility. Downtime for business can cause loss of important customers, missed business opportunities, lost revenue and bad reputation. A data centre factory, should, therefore be equipped with sufficient resilience to ensure maximum uptime with a minimum of interruptions.
The data centre provides a grand variety of information, applications and services including highly confidential corporate data. Data security and data protection, should, therefore, be a top priority in the creation of infrastructure. A compromise could be absolutely fatal.
What are the advantages?
Holistic data centre factories can have numerous advantages. The most obvious is the consolidation of network, workstations, storage, and application resources. But data centre factories offer even much more:
Better utilisation of data centre resources
A data-factory virtualises physical resources into logical data pools. Instead of each application getting their own IT resources they can use the resources from the logical pool. The more is required the more will be added to the pool, and thus the use of IT-resources is optimised.
Merging traditional IT silos
The limitations of existing IT architecture forces IT into so-called silos. A data centre factory allows in return merging all silos under a common unified management. Redundant tasks are eliminated and data centre operations are straightened.
More IT productivity
Data centre factories improve effectiveness and control of environments. This leads to lower IT downtime and less ad hoc troubleshooting.
Optimal utilisation of resources means less hardware to be purchase and maintain and reduced spending on power and cooling. Companies can benefit in several ways:
- Better use of resources to reduce or delay expenses
- Reduction of power and cooling to reduce costs and be conform with green business practices
- Supply of data and resources in real time with means flexibility and alignment with current and additional business requirements
What this means
The IT industry is on the verge or in the middle of the development towards a fully virtualised unified data centre. This requires much more than just a server consolidation via virtualisation technology. Applications, servers, storage and network infrastructures should form an agile, flexible environment, to adapt in the short and long term to rapidly changing business needs. The creation of a data centre factory is, therefore, a critical step for companies to succeed in the future market and to keep a competitive position.