Datacentres set for radical change

The configuration of the datacentre in the US is in the midst of a significant shift as evolving business models and an ever-increasing competitive landscape require improved flexibility within the IT infrastructure, according to research from IDC.

The configuration of the datacentre in the US is in the midst of a significant shift as evolving business models and an ever-increasing competitive landscape require improved flexibility within the IT infrastructure, according to research from IDC.

IDC spoke with leading IT buyers and technology suppliers in the US and found that as enterprises accelerate initiatives around growing their business, many datacentres are laying out a new vision for their technology infrastructure in order to meet the challenges presented by these business changes.

IT organisations are condensing their datacentre infrastructure and delivering new and innovative IT services while increasing service levels and maintaining or even lowering IT budgets and staffing levels.

"The transformation of the datacentre relies on the IT organisation's ability to deliver increased levels of flexibility and service," says Michelle Bailey, research director for IDC's Enterprise Computing group.

"Many industries continue to view IT as a strategic differentiator, and a static, one-dimensional technology platform that does drive economies of scale will severely limit future business potential."

Additionally, IT budgets − often strained by the need for real estate, power, and cooling − will shift towards building new applications and IT services that are developed specifically to drive new business.

"Virtualisation, simplification, optimisation, and automation are all key drivers influencing the successful transformation of the US datacentre," says Bailey.

The report also suggests that tomorrow's datacentre will be denser, hotter, more consolidated, highly utilised, better designed, fully redundant and very dynamic. It says that as datacentres' technologies shift and as IT becomes more tightly linked with the business, skill sets in the datacentre will also evolve.

IDC believes that automation will moderate the number of systems administrators required, while business analysts will play an increasingly important role.

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