How Enterprise Data Center is Being Redefined
In the recent past, there have been tectonic shifts in the way Indians produce and consume data. Whether it is the widespread Digital India initiative, gravitation towards cashless payments or the innovations being introduced by the burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem, the stakes have significantly risen for the organisations that rely on IT infrastructure and ecosystem. As an emerging economy with a growing population, India is expected to be one of the largest national data consumers in the near future. However, such wide-scale data production and consumption warrant cutting-edge facilities for its storage, management, and distribution. These workloads may also need to be distributed across public and private clouds, urban and distributed data centres, in order to ensure uniformity of IT protocols and ease of access for consumers. This shift, in itself, has generated the demand for redefining the enterprise data centre, as they need to become more reliable and scalable to meet increasing and variable requirements for their services.
The Technology of the Day
Several cutting-edge technologies of the present era are also contributing towards the need to redefine enterprise data centres. The emergence of cloud technologies has demonstrated a powerful mode of data generation, storage, and consumption. However, at present, Indian data centres are apparently grappling with their ability to support the data boom particularly within the limitations of existing IT budgets and the availability of scarce resources. Furthermore, since data generation has grown exponentially, owing to recent developments such as digitalization, IoT, AI and others, the legacy modus operandi of storing or computing data is no longer viable for the digital enterprise. Another significant challenge is the ability to scale-up connectivity via bandwidth while minimizing the costs.
Evolution of the Data Centres
These challenges have pushed enterprise data centres to adapt and evolve, significantly over the last decade. Owing to disruptions such as wearable technology, big data, and local IoT to cloud collection systems, enterprises have been able to unlock considerable business opportunity, simply by redefining and amending their existing data centres. In order to optimise the costs and minimize the growing pains of this transition, organisations have found innovative ways to transform. For instance, while in-house data centres were standard in the past, more enterprises are now migrating to the public cloud and developing hybrid IT models. Leasing capacity in co-location facilities on the lease is a growing option for organisations that may wish to avoid capital costs.
In fact, the growing prominence of third-party data centres is set to be a key trend in the Indian IT market. As a more flexible model, data collocation allows businesses to scale up their requirements and leaves them able to focus on their own core services and enables them also to access cloud services and architectures as necessary. According to 451 Research, the colocation and managed hosting a market in India could be worth USD 2 billion by 2019, a remarkable increase from USD 1.3 billion in 2016. The firm also estimates cloud computing-as-a-service to grow at 25per cent CAGR in the next four years.