According to the 2012 IBM Data Center Operational Efficiency study, only 1 in 5 clients have highly efficient IT infrastructures and are able to allocate more than 50% of their IT budget to new projects.
"Wonder what defines highly efficient IT infrastructure?"
These are infrastructures where clients have broken down silos and moved to a new era of interconnected, intelligent and instrumented computing. The unlimited data generated daily is used as a source of information to make informed decisions. IT is cutting manual work of operations and moving IT managers out of data centers to provide them an infrastructure that is programmable, yet cost-effective; scalable,flexible and accessible from anywhere. Highly efficient infrastructures help clients anticipate customer preferences, respond to the dynamic market changes and outpace competition.
So "What are non-efficient IT infrastructures missing?"
"Non-efficient IT infrastructures typically have silos of separate servers, storage, network devices, operating systems and management systems. Siloed infrastructures can often be extremely complex and often require highly skilled resources to operate and manage. Operations to assign workloads to resources, map resources to applications are manually done, consume time and reduce productivity. Organizations with these non-efficient IT infrastructures are still relying on intuition for business decisions and as a result are not able to sustain today’s competition.
How can organizations, with “non-efficient IT infrastructures”, achieve and maintain market leadership?
These organizations need to change and think beyond their current IT infrastructure and break down their three silos: compute, storage and network, move to open architecture by adopting hybrid cloud across different vendors, integrate application developer and IT operations and think of datacenter as a service.
Scott Firth, Director, IBM’s Systems and Technology Group in his article Rebuilding the Data Center One Block At A Time, discusses four key components that need change in current data centers to achieve highly efficient IT infrastructures.
With this ever-changing IT, would you still be entwined to the complexities of datacenter or move ahead for a simplified, responsive and adaptive environment?
Keep watching this space for steps to rebuilding the datacenter.
IBM Systems and Technology Group