Data centre requirements are shifting as the business environment evolves to leverage new technologies. Organisations are turning to multicloud environments comprising a mix of private cloud, public cloud, and on-premise infrastructure to best address their unique needs. Understandably, this shift is putting a renewed emphasis on security, automation, orchestration, and agility. IT leaders are responding by building and deploying multicloud data centre networks that leverage automation and software-defined networks (SDN) as a cost-effective means of providing dynamic network control.
Of course, while many organisations are recognising the need for a data centre upgrade, not all have the same drivers. All, however, need to make a business case for the investment. Here are four common inflection points that can help to justify the need for data centre upgrades that support business goals:
- Asset Refresh
For most organisations, asset refreshes are incrementally scheduled. The constantly evolving security landscape is affecting the refresh cycle significantly, as organisations become increasingly aware of the need for automated infrastructure to improve protection against attacks. A recent PwC study* finds that security is the top buying criterion as IT leaders consider data centre upgrades.
New switching and networking infrastructure helps ensure an asset refresh is a success – not just for the short term but long term, as well – especially as business demands change. This is why 73% of switching purchases happen during asset refreshes and data centre expansions. By building secure, cost-effective, and highly automated multicloud networks, organisations benefit from the innovation, agility, and operational scale that reliability, control, and usability foster.
- Embarking On A Multicloud Expansion
39% of respondents to the Computerworld 2017 Forecast* say they are well into the process of becoming digital, and 6% say they are ahead of the curve. That’s ample evidence that digital transformation is under way. Multicloud environments are driving much of this transformation.
With the digital economy come new opportunities to expand, requiring data centres to scale appropriately and cost-effectively. As such, organisations see multicloud deployments as opportunities to rethink traditional data centre infrastructure in the effort to reduce downtime, improve operational efficiencies, accelerate business cycles, and ensure business continuity.
- Seeking Competitive Advantage
Success in today’s environment begins with the ability to meet customer experience expectations. The difference between simply surviving and ultimately thriving in the digital economy, however, rests with the ability to invest strategically in the right technology.
Leveraging multicloud deployments can prove instrumental in the transition from legacy to next-gen applications. For instance, a self-driving network empowers organisations to benefit from machine learning and intent-based capabilities. This enables faster, more efficient deployment of applications and services while shifting resources from maintenance to value-driving activities.
- Need For An Application Performance Boost
Analytics, workgroup technologies and the virtualisation of real-time applications can present significant challenges that, left unaddressed, can hamper the user experience noticeably. Delivering meaningful application performance in these data-driven environments can often dictate an organisation’s ability to thrive. Embracing a multicloud environment can enable organisations to seamlessly and cost-effectively spin up resources based on traffic volume.
As traffic increases, the fundamental way that data centres are designed and built will also change. The volume of east-west traffic has grown as a result of virtualisation and data centre trends such as converged infrastructure. This growth necessitates upgrading the networking/switching infrastructure to a self-driving network to maximise the multicloud environment.
This also adds complexity. As a result, according to the PwC survey, the need for automation has overtaken TCO as a primary driver for enterprise IT. Automation and orchestration capabilities that combine telemetry, workflow automation, DevOps, and machine learning can create a self-driving network infrastructure that is responsive, adaptive, and ultimately predictive.
Organisations cannot afford missteps while deploying complex multicloud environments. We partner with Juniper Networks to provide automated, scalable and secure network solutions that offer agility, performance and value.
‘Time to Upgrade Your Data Centre’ taken from IDG and Juniper paper ‘Why Your Business Needs a Data Centre Upgrade’.