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Do future data centers depend on the edge and cloud?

12/13/2018 by LRS IT Solutions

Note: Earlier this year, we partnered with Correlata Solutions to incorporate the CorreAssess Platform into our solutions for customers. This blog post, on the significant role Cloud and Edge computing will play in the data center of the future, recently appeared on the Correlata website. We present the company’s thoughts here.

Edge Computing, Colocation, and Cloud—when it comes to future data center trends, what does the magic eight ball say? After a quick shake and a few responses, the outlook on data centers for the future delves into some mixed responses.

How to take your data center into the future

Aging infrastructures in traditional setups may get the job done now, but the push for more workload optimization requires more compute power than ever before. IT teams need a different approach that modernizes their data center assets either on premises or in a colocation or cloud.

To meet this business requirement, organizations turn to as-a-service models to handle their assets instead of the silo and server approach. Cloud availability and efficiency have dramatically altered the way business leaders view bottom-line performance, and IT is playing catch-up to stay competitive.

In addition to as-a-service models, an uptick in automation and other intelligent equipment in the data center will generate more performance monitoring and predictive and performative maintenance. If an organization can keep its current infrastructure working smoothly, it can investigate new options to increase efficiency and establish a better product for the business and end users alike.

Cloud and Colocation continue to change the game

Data center deployments in the cloud and colocations can offer businesses some benefits. Eliminating an on-premises data center saves time, money and space. Those upfront costs don’t necessarily cover potential damage suffered from a colocation or cloud outage, however.

Resiliency is another future data center trend that takes a page out of the disaster recovery playbook, meaning IT has to look back to its data security protocols before moving forward to create enterprise agility.

Cloud and colocation play a major role in the resiliency field, as organizations use one or both to spread data across multiple outlets and increase protection in the event of an outage. It can often be complicated to manage data across multiple platforms, but a distributed approach prevents a major crash from knocking out an entire organization in one instance.

The industry as a whole needs to be more transparent in order for companies to understand if they’re more or less resilient with the path that they’ve taken. Tools such as Correlata’s CorreAssess provide a visual representation of the true cost and the resulting contribution of IT, enabling a company to assess IT all the way through to future budgeting. This transparency will help lead organizations to best prepare and manage resources across their entire value chain.

Back away from the edge?

The edge remains a future data center trend because it pushes data closer to its end users and enables IT pros to implement newer technologies, such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things (IoT), which take advantage of higher processing features.

Remote management is also a major turning point because IT pros will not only need to build out applications and services that control data in the edge, but they will also need to build out support and monitoring mechanisms.

IT pros should focus on data analysis and resource control and Correlata is leading the charge in the first step of enabling full visibility of resources.

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