We’ve had the privilege of overseeing numerous data center modernization projects over the past 12 months and beyond. Here are five challenges we’ve seen that we think will remain pretty consistent in 2017:
1. Converged infrastructure (and hyper-converged infrastructure)require new data center designs and configurations. This often results in the need for more energy and cooling requirements, which can strain existing resources.
2. Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data storage requirements. The data that machine-to-machine communication creates and the subsequent data storage challenges make IoT a topic that can’t be ignored. All those connection points also create potential data security problems, depending on what you’re capturing and how you’re storing it. All of this data can either help your organization make sound business challenges, or it can create storage and data security nightmares.
3. Cloud computing. Between 2014 and 2019, data center network traffic is expected to rise 300 percent. Global cloud traffic expected to rise over 400 percent during the same period. Cloud application use, BYOD, social media, and even IoT to some extent are all contributing to the accelerating pace of data creation. It’s clear that cloud usage is growing and will continue to grow – inside and outside of your organization’s IT reach.
4. Data center security. Cloud computing, IoT, and software-defined infrastructure will continue to burden data center management professionals, especially when combined with increasing malware and cybercrime. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), phishing schemes, poor patch management, Shadow IT, and employee errors all make network security a serious challenge.
5. Business-IT alignment. IT enterprises naturally struggle to align their existing and future infrastructure technologies with their business strategy. But it’s increasingly more difficult to improve the cost effectiveness of IT while still meeting the rapidly escalating needs of the business.
Companies are asking their CIOs to transform their IT departments into more agile and flexible organizations that can capitalize on new technologies. But working with legacy architectures hampers successful implementations. The result is often a patchwork of IT assets and incremental enhancements that have accumulated over the years and produced an array of misaligned technologies.
Short of a complete rip-and-replace, there should be a more methodical approach to introducing new technologies and modernizing data centers. Building an accurate and complete model of the application services that drive the business organization is a great place to start.
Application Mapping (AppMap) provides the cornerstone to a well-managed enterprise application infrastructure. It improves business application service delivery and support, while simplifying and streamlining planning, deployment, and recovery activities. AppMap helps set the table for the modern data center, allowing you to direct IT funding toward the most cost-effective investments that directly improve operational effectiveness and enable expansion and growth.