Organizations are moving towards third party service providers to build scalable and reliable DC infrastructure for delivering better to business
As organizations dust off the past downturn effects and put themselves on the path of growth, they feel the need for IT to be the prime enabler of this growth. Businesses are feeling the need for scalable DC and cloud infrastructure to ensure that all IT services are highly available and inherently secure.
There are three ways to look at scalable infrastructure without having to put up huge CAPEX upfront for these growing businesses. They are:
• Colocation of IT Infrastructure
• Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud Models
Colocation of IT Infrastructure
As organizations grow, there is an obvious resultant growth in IT infrastructure that they have to invest heavily in. This is when business and economic dynamics kicks in. As most organizations are trying to be flexible to market conditions, there is an inherent need for IT to be able to scale up or down depending on business demands.
This business dynamic suddenly rules out massive investments in IT infrastructure and data centers. The next option available for businesses is colocation.
On the technology side, colocation addresses challenges facing IT teams such as monitoring and management of DC infrastructure, technical know-how of running a constantly upgrading and innovative infrastructure stack, security and people issues.
Solution that suits best is to outsource entire DC infrastructure to a third party data center infrastructure.
A key advantage that organizations can derive is the availability of all infrastructure needs – agility is key to any business. Businesses can have fully resilient and robust IT setup, manage their technology obsolesce risk by being able to quickly upgrade their older systems to newer, state-of-the-art infrastructure provided at the third party service provider’s data center facility.
Now, to address the flexibility and agility of the business, they can scale up or down without having to spend heavily as CAPEX investments.
The advent of “disruptive technology”, cloud computing, is one of the key drivers for growing market of sunrise industries such as ecommerce industry, etc. More organizations are betting their growth on cloud infrastructure.
After romancing with colocation services and deriving the benefits that outsourcing IT infrastructure can provide, it is time to look for the “what’s next” options for increased business agility and efficiency. Partnering with the right service provider can help organizations chart their cloud journey.
A private cloud setup can help organizations optimize their infrastructure, enable faster provisioning of IT services and deliver faster to the business, thus enabling the business to be highly agile, incredibly flexible, faster time-to-market, all the while reducing costs and retaining complete control of the IT infrastructure piece.
Moving to public cloud, for those services that are not infrastructure intensive and mission critical, is a starting point for most organizations. Public cloud offers massive scale or elasticity and incredible flexibility when organizations are looking for execute flash loads or time-bound computing requirements, etc.
Yet another cloud strategy in the evolution of an organizations journey into the cloud is the hybrid cloud model. Hybrid cloud model can help growth organizations enable and offer varied services quickly to their customers and help them scale on the fly. A synchronized combination of private cloud that give them robustness, performance and reliability alongside faster provisioning and optimized and secure infrastructure and public cloud that can give them elasticity, scale, flexibility and huge cost savings.
Cloud has been able to offer variety of benefits to enterprise customers. Availability of infrastructure, reduced latency in delivering world-class business services to customers, massive scalability, faster turn-around-times (TAT), faster response to customer needs, launching of new services in the market at low incremental costs, increased and improved security, etc. are some of the inherent benefits that organizations are able to derive from the disruptive technology.
The Final Bit
Having a reliable and robust as well as massively scalable DC and cloud infrastructure is no more a good-to-have for organizations. It is a must-have for business growth and critical for sustaining and competing in such a dynamically changing market conditions.
Organizations are moving towards third party DC and cloud providers to build this scalable and reliable DC infrastructure. Where are you on your data center evolution journey?