Top 10 datacentre stories of 2014

In 2014's datacentre market, trends of social, cloud, analytics and big data have influenced datacentre architectural decisions

In 2014's datacentre market, trends of social, cloud, analytics and big data have influenced datacentre architectural decisions.

The year saw the rigid rules of datacentre best practices rewritten as more servers were deployed in a fully virtualised environment. 

Should an organisation build a private cloud? Should it deploy on the public cloud or develop a hybrid service based on on-premise computing supplemented by the public cloud? 

A fully virtualised datacentre may be some way off, but there has been a definite shift towards DevOps to support continuous software delivery.

Technology that supports the scale of Amazon Web Services and Google has become more mainstream, driving interest in web-scale computing, while chipmakers have looked at new architectures to define the makeup of future datacentres.

It has been a year for legacy, with organisations battling with their Windows Server 2003 upgrades as the end-of-support deadline looms. Meanwhile, we also looked at whether there is room for the mainframe in a world dominated by cloud computing.

Here are Computer Weekly's top 10 datacentre stories of the year.

1. Get ready for the datacentre storm

With a wave of innovations rolling ever faster towards the datacentre, analysts said 2014 was the year organisations must plot their course through choppy waters.

2. Five pitfalls to avoid when doing DevOps

As the DevOps movement gained traction in the enterprise space, we looked at five pitfalls CIOs need to avoid to make a DevOps strategy work for their business.

3. Demystifying Kubernetes: the tool to manage Google-scale workloads in the cloud

In the past two decades, we have seen server paradigm evolve into web-based architecture that matured to service orientation before finally moving to the cloud. Today it is containers, reported Janakiram MSV.

4. VDI storage basics and persistent versus non-persistent desktops

Chris Evans discussed the issues involved in picking a suitable storage strategy for your VDI project.

5. Can the mainframe remain relevant in the cloud and mobile era?

The mainframe has kept up with shifts in computing paradigms and application systems, such as the move to the web and mobile technology. But 50 years on, Computer Weekly asked if it can still remain an enterprise workhorse.

6. Preparing web-scale IT infrastructure

Organisations should look to emulate the best practices of web giants Facebook, Google, eBay and Amazon to support scalable IT, reported Cliff Saran.

7. Time to rethink x86 datacentres

A new breed of ARM64-based servers could offer datacentre managers an alternative to x86 machines. Computer Weekly asked if there was a catch.

8. How Intel’s datacentre strategy is helping it retain market dominance

Intel is pushing the definition of servers by thinking about software-defined networking and storage while designing processors, reported Archana Venkatraman.

9. Challenges in virtual server backup and how to tackle them

Chris Evans investigated the problems associated with virtual server backup and how they can be mitigated to ensure smooth and efficient data protection.

10. Moving on: How to cope when Windows Server 2003 expires

Microsoft is ending support for another product in its operating systems portfolio. Computer Weekly looked at how to overcome challenges when Microsoft ends support for Windows Server 2003 in 2015.

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