The corporate data centre set to remain the IT power-house in 2013
The sustainable data centre market will see accelerated growth in 2013 as it becomes more focused on cost savings, and provides more efficient internal IT delivery methods such as virtualisation, software defined networks (SDNs) and the use of converged infrastructure solutions (so-called cloud-in-a-box), according to global analyst firm Ovum.
In a new report, the independent technology analyst firm states that organisations are looking at getting the best value from their investments, and in 2013 they will therefore be more driven by the desire to reduce costs and improve sustainability.
Roy Illsley, Ovum principal analyst and author of the report, said, ‘Due to the rise of the data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) market, now referred to as IT financial management, closely linked to the cost and availability of energy, the role of chief sustainability office (CSO) will become more commonplace in organisations.’
Although a small market, DCIM will become more widely used in 2013, as its initial drives will be based on costs linked to energy and change.
Other trends to watch in 2013 will be the complete virtualisation of all layers in the data centre from the database, to the storage, out to the user, which will also drive the need for greater automation technologies and the associated orchestration layer. For enterprises, the trend will focus more on sustainable IT and in particular DCIM and DevOPs. The bring-your-own-technology (BYOT) movement will become more of a reality between 2013/2014, and the mobile policies for corporate use and the growth of smartphones will be combined to provide a path for increased adoption by employees.
The hype surrounding cloud computing can lead some organisations to predict the end of the internal data centre, but Ovum considers that it is too early to make such bold statements. For many organisations, the question of workload classification remains a difficult issue, and the default position is to keep it on premise. But even if the workloads are fully understood in terms of risk, cost, and value, the ability to move them is the Achilles heel of current technologies.