2011 Trends to Watch: Data Center Technologies

Date: October 22, 2010
Pages: 26
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Introduction

The demand for increased flexibility from an organization's IT capability is creating new challenges for data center management. Much of this new demand is coming from the changing nature of operating in an increasingly interconnected global market, where an organization's performance is influenced by events that are mostly outside its direct control.

Features and benefits
  • The explosion in end-user technology and the influence from the consumer market
  • The role of the data center and its strategic significance to the organization
  • The transformational impact of virtualization extends beyond the IT department
  • IT organizations will need to evolve to reflect the change in focus caused by new disruptive technologies
  • Re-engaging with the environmental debate and the growth of automation and its role in cloud governance
Highlights

During 2011, the role of the data center will begin to witness a dramatic shift, as the cloud computing era heralds a new dawn in the delivery and operation of IT services.

Your key questions answered
  • IT must understand and develop business-focused metrics that can be used to clearly articulate the value derived from using any new technology.
  • The role of IT within the organization is at a tipping point in terms of the direction it takes, and the significance it has on strategic decisions.

SUMMARY

Catalyst
Ovum view
Key messages

BUSINESS TRENDS AND TECHNOLOGY ENABLERS

Analysis

UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF THE DATA CENTER AND ITS STRATEGIC SIGNIFICANCE TO THE ORGANIZATION

The significance of IT to the organization is changing
Changing the discourse to a business-focused value proposition remains a challenge for many in IT
Avoiding fragmented islands of technologies may restrict vendor choice

THE EXPLOSION IN END-USER TECHNOLOGY AND THE INFLUENCE FROM THE CONSUMER MARKET

The changing nature of the end-point device
Mitigating the risks to the organization of client-side virtualization requires a new approach to management
Type-1 bare metal hypervisor or type-2 hypervisor on the client?
Type-1
Type-2

THE TRANSFORMATIONAL IMPACT OF VIRTUALIZATION EXTENDS BEYOND THE IT DEPARTMENT

IT must move from being a cost of doing business to a value creator
Orchestrating IT supply in line with business demand requires business processes to be prioritized
Changing the relationship between IT and business users requires a common language and a dialog of mutual benefit

IT ORGANIZATIONS WILL NEED TO EVOLVE TO REFLECT THE CHANGE IN FOCUS CAUSED BY NEW DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Redefining the "run the business" (RTB) operational cost model through the use of technology
Ensuring that all processes operate at the required level of performance needs a holistic view of delivering IT
VM usage chargeback
VM resource chargeback

RE-ENGAGING WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL DEBATE

Data center power and cooling appears a low priority for many organizations
Virtualization is seen as the driving technology in the environmental debate

THE RELEVANCE OF THE MAINFRAME IN DATA CENTER TECHNOLOGIES

The mainframe will continue to be part of the current heterogeneous data center environment
The ability to transform corporate data into actionable information
The mainframe as the brains of the data center

THE CONVERGENCE OF NETWORK TECHNOLOGY

The network is becoming the critical component in the data center
Secure remote management (SRM) will assume greater significance in 2011
IPV6 presents a new set of management challenges

THE GROWTH OF AUTOMATION AND ITS ROLE IN CLOUD GOVERNANCE

Automation in 2011 will become more significant
The level of adoption depends on organizational maturity
Operational cost saving

RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommendations for enterprises
Recommendations for vendors
Alternative views

APPENDIX

Further reading
Methodology
Definitions
ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)
Author
Ovum consulting
Disclaimer

TABLES

Table: Horizontal trends to watch – data center technologies

FIGURES

Figure: Global enterprise IT spending survey
Figure: Global enterprise green IT survey
Figure: Ovum’s automation maturity model
Figure: Ovum's global IT spending review
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