How Dell EMC’s modern infrastructure is helping CIOs in IT mutation
“Today IT transformation is the foremost requirement for every business growth. The legacy PSUs like HPCLs and BPCLs of the world are parallelly running modern infrastructure services with their in-house software to implant a new edge technology. Hence, IT transformation becomes a revolutionary step before acquiring digital mutation in any vertical. Before getting into the digital transformation journey, businesses need to secure their IT operations. Modern infrastructure is thus required to evangelize their data center for a better and secure IT environment.”, Niladri Saha, GM- Modern Infrastructure, @Dell EMC India embarked. With businesses aggressively embracing the digital transformation, it is becoming important for them to stay competitive and ahead of changing customer expectations. CIOs play an important role and it is essential for them to adopt the technology systems and processes that will transform their internal operations, to meet the demands of fast moving businesses. This requires building agile infrastructures. “As the business drives new digital initiatives, IT must transform to accommodate massive growth in modernizing data centers, maintain the performance and reliability of legacy business applications, deploy a new breed of storage strategy and support increasingly complex workflows” Saha added. Further Saha discussed points that CIOs must keep in mind before initiating the modernizing their data centers:
1. High costs to operate: As companies expand into new markets, simultaneously they also gain or build data centers along the way. Each data center operated with its own set of practices and on its own hardware. Managing across these disparate systems and inconsistent processes is not at all cost-effective.
2. Aging technology: Enterprises have continued to operate using traditional data centers that weren’t up to modern standards — utilization and virtualization rates were low, automation was non-existent, etc. Over the time, this practice has not only contributed to high operating costs, which will not lead to many inefficiencies, making it nearly impossible for IT to meet the basic demands of the business.
3. High risk due to lack of redundancy: The organization’s fast growth and lack of standardization have always led to a gap in disaster recovery protection. Many applications — including key business systems — had zero redundancy. Hence, to reduce the redundancies, firms need to quickly modernize their operations as this risk to the business is too great to ignore.
4. Time lag in modernization: There is a huge time cost which is involved while migrating towards the new-age data centers. Without the right partner, an organization will easily dedicate twice as much time than it usually will take.
5. Resource cost avoidance: Alternative of choosing the right partner is running the migration project in-house. This would require bringing in contractors, experts and IT admins, which will involve an exorbitant cost. Hence, conducting the project on its own will not only lead to significant resource requirement but there are greater chances that the project may get extended.
In a modus operandi of migrating legacy data centers to modern technology, CIOs prefer not to scale out their old servers. “In such deployment, SDS helps in consolidating all the servers which brings out storage piece from a heterogeneous state and get a merger solution for old servers. And that’s how software defined storage helps organizations to accommodate new betel technology” he added. Software-defined storage data centers (SDDC) will lay a better foundation of storage infrastructure equipping the business with tools to analyse this data for better business plans and improved consumer deliverables, eventually increasing the scale of the business. Not only this, SDDC will also prove to be a game changer for the businesses by introducing them to the idea of innovation. With the rising consumers’ demands, data is bound to grow exponentially, making it impossible for businesses to provide real-time solutions with manual workforce/processes. “Therefore, businesses need to switch from manual to automated workforce/processes to reduce cost and optimize operations which will eventually drive growth. Software Defined Storage Data Centres will act as a catalyst in this transition as businesses will be able to transfer as well as streamline their processes on digital platform, thereby increasing efficiency”he further explains. Not only this, automation will improve communication, reduce human errors, enabling businesses to provide effective instant solutions to the consumers’ demands