Will Data Centers Go the Way of the Dinosaurs?
When a giant meteor slammed into Earth about sixty-six million years ago, it launched firestorms, massive earthquakes and huge waves that affected millions of living creatures.
Some argue that this was the event that did in the dinosaurs. Others argue that their demise was much more gradual. Everyone agrees, of course, that the dinosaurs did in fact disappear.
Today, we are seeing a similar debate play out over the fate of another dinosaur—this time a technological one: the enterprise data center.
Ten years ago, being in charge of a large enterprise IT operation meant you were also in the real estate business, operating one or more climate-controlled facilities with raised floors and lots of server racks. The data center was in its heyday.
Then along came the equivalent of a modern-day meteor hit—namely the cloud. While many organizations were initially reluctant to embrace the cloud because of security concerns, it's clear that the tide has turned. In 2018, adoption of the public cloud crossed the 90% mark for the first time according to RightScale's 2018 survey of nearly a thousand IT professionals.
All of this has led to widespread predictions of the data center's demise. But is this really the end or will data centers evolve and adapt to a changed IT landscape?
For answers and insights, take advantage of the Navisite white paper: The Fate of the Data Center. It looks at various aspects of how data centers are evolving in an IT world and includes the assessments of IT analysts such as IDC and Gartner. (Gartner, in particular, has gotten a lot of attention for essentially predicting that data centers are going the dinosaur route.) You can download the white paper here.
The reality, according to the white paper, instead of going extinct like the dinosaurs, data centers are more likely to undergo a long burnout similar to that of mainframe computers. Mainframes were once only game in town, but were displaced by x86 processors and client-server computing. Still, decades after their hey day, billions of dollars worth of mainframes are still sold every year.
Data centers were once only game in town—you had to force-fit the workload to the environment. You had no other option. Now you do. Today, the IT world is not just more cloud-oriented, it's more hybridized and multimodal overall. Instead of force-fitting the workload to the environment, an enterprise can choose the environment that can best adapt to its workload. Public cloud or private cloud, Infrastructure as a Service or Platform as a Service (IaaS/PaaS), traditional data center or edge data center, containers, colocation—there is no shortage of options.
If this white paper on the fate of the data center prompts you to want to look in greater detail at your own digital strategies, then now is a good time to talk to Navisite. We are cloud experts—Microsoft chose Navisite to be one of its elite group of Azure Expert Managed Cloud Service Providers—but our roots long pre-date the cloud.
Navisite works with any organization that wants to get the right balance of resources to optimize its digital strategies. Take advantage of the other white papers, eBooks, case studies and more available in the Navisite Info Center or feel free to contact us, or give us a call at (888) 298-8222.