Welcome!

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Java IoT, Microservices Expo, Microsoft Cloud, Linux Containers, Containers Expo Blog

@CloudExpo: Article

Benefits of an Enterprise-Class Server and Data Consolidation Solution

Many CIOs are rethinking how they architect their IT infrastructure to better deliver applications and services to end users

CIOs cited reducing enterprise costs; improving IT applications and infrastructure; improving efficiency; and improving business processes among the top 10 business priorities, according to a Gartner Executive Program Survey conducted last year.

To address these business priorities, many CIOs are rethinking how they architect their IT infrastructure to better deliver applications and services to end users. A study conducted by IDG Research Services[1] in 2013 surveyed 333 IT directors or higher titles at enterprise companies with more than 500 employees and reported that 77% of IT leaders globally believe data center transformation will play a highly important role in delivering business goals to their organizations.

Instead of allowing remote and branch offices to maintain the hardware and data, many enterprise CIOs today are centralizing storage and backups to their core data centers. This makes sense for the sake of simplicity and ensures IT managers adopt a ‘hands-on' approach to device management, which mitigates the security risk and complexity of having multiple backup systems and dispersed data sets. In addition, organizations with offices in sometimes unstable or physically challenging locations may not want any locally stored data in those offices, due to security concerns and potential data risks.

The reality of recovering from a disaster, whether natural or human-induced can be a daunting task in a typical branch office set-up. Most often data protection solutions are tape-based and can take days to recover and leave an organization exposed to delay and data loss. A typical branch disaster recovery requires not only physical hardware replacement, but a rebuild and patching of the operating system, reinstallation of applications, virus scanning, and full-data recovery prior to returning to service. Organizations that rely on weekly full and daily incremental backups of branch data face the additional challenge of restoring from multiple tapes and the loss of new data created between the time of the outage and the last captured backup.

Centralizing storage and backups to core data centers also minimizes travel expenses since data experts are rarely at the edge to provide support and management. According to IDG Research[2], 37% of organizations utilize non-IT staff to manage backups at remote branch offices, and this number grows to 67% when the branch office is located outside the United States. Centralizing these services to core data centers puts the data back in the hands of IT experts, rather than non-IT staff filling a role they are not equipped to manage.

Business Drivers
A significant driver for many organizations interested in storage consolidation, however, is cost. Companies want to maximize their investments in storage area networks (SANs) and realize the benefits of centralized storage. Chief among those benefits is achieving lower IT costs by eliminating the need to purchase and maintain local storage and server hardware. A new concept, which bridges this gap, is storage delivery technology.

CIOs are realizing that core business priorities can be addressed and solved, but they need to start by addressing core IT processes and transforming the data center.

As part of this movement, IT managers can expand storage capacity and look to extend the benefits of a consolidated approach to larger branch offices and data-intensive applications that previously were difficult or impossible to consolidate because of local performance requirements.

A Changing IT Landscape
Consolidation has the potential to empower businesses of all sizes to remove servers and data from branch offices and centralize them in the secure data center - without sacrificing user experience. This new architectural approach makes it possible to centralize backup operations and remove data from high-risk locations, while increasing agility and lowering the costs of managing remote office IT. High-risk locations can be any location that may be more susceptible to natural disasters, remote areas that are difficult to access, hacking, political turmoil, or even outright theft. To succeed in this dynamic environment, IT leaders need agility, security and control, while business users demand performance.

Identifying the optimal deployment location for IT assets such as servers and supporting storage systems is one of the more challenging aspects of the IT decision process today. When the edge of the enterprise and the core at the data center are linked together in an integrated solution, IT organizations can centralize control, security, and protection of distributed server and storage assets. This approach ensures timely access to (or recovery of) data and applications relied on by users across the extended organization while maximizing IT agility. Organizations can quickly adjust to changing conditions with the right information, delivered at the right time and in the right place to serve customers and partners better while keeping employees happy and productive.

Protection of Data
In-line with the growing volumes of data, enterprises should be able to decommission branch backup and recovery systems, shifting data protection operations to the secure data center. Enterprises are able to utilize their well-honed data center backup and recovery systems and procedures and skilled personnel to protect branch data.

Snapshots of a backup - a read-only copy of the data set at a point in time - are an integral part of ensuring your IT operations are running smoothly. In today's IT environment, administrators must be able to quickly set and assign hourly, daily, or weekly storage snapshot policies to ensure application-consistent data protection in conjunction with supported data center storage arrays.

Once storage snapshots are created in the data center, in addition to leveraging the disk snapshot for fast recovery, many organizations are replicating to a secondary data center or sending a copy to cloud storage environments to ensure data is located offsite.

Conclusion
Organizations' information bases and requirements are constantly changing in response to shifting customer demands and business requirements. Consolidation of systems to centralized data centers must make processes faster, less operationally intensive now and in the future. A well-thought-out IT architecture will make it easier to scale, making it simple to expand additional services to new user bases and locations. Finally, a solid IT architecture will make it easier for an enterprise to react quickly when disasters strike or as the needs of the organization change.

Resources

  1. "Gartner Executive Program Survey," Gartner, 2013
  2. "Riverbed Data Center Transformation Survey," IDG Research, 2013

More Stories By Gil Haberman

Gil Haberman is a group marketing manager at Riverbed Technology. Riverbed at more than $1 billion in annual revenue is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Latest Stories
Adding public cloud resources to an existing application can be a daunting process. The tools that you currently use to manage the software and hardware outside the cloud aren’t always the best tools to efficiently grow into the cloud. All of the major configuration management tools have cloud orchestration plugins that can be leveraged, but there are also cloud-native tools that can dramatically improve the efficiency of managing your application lifecycle.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and services that transform the economics of networking. The company co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure network...
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In his Day 3 Keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will explore t...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Linux Academy, the foremost online Linux and cloud training platform and community, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Linux Academy was founded on the belief that providing high-quality, in-depth training should be available at an affordable price. Industry leaders in quality training, provided services, and student certification passes, its goal is to c...
Some people worry that OpenStack is more flash then substance; however, for many customers this could not be farther from the truth. No other technology equalizes the playing field between vendors while giving your internal teams better access than ever to infrastructure when they need it. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will talk through some real-world OpenStack deployments and look into the ways this can benefit customers of all sizes....
Deep learning has been very successful in social sciences and specially areas where there is a lot of data. Trading is another field that can be viewed as social science with a lot of data. With the advent of Deep Learning and Big Data technologies for efficient computation, we are finally able to use the same methods in investment management as we would in face recognition or in making chat-bots. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Gaurav Chakravorty, co-founder and Head of Strategy Development ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business – from apparel to energy – is being rewritten by software. From ...
Interoute has announced the integration of its Global Cloud Infrastructure platform with Rancher Labs’ container management platform, Rancher. This approach enables enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation and infrastructure investments. Matthew Finnie, Interoute CTO commented “Enterprises developing and building apps in the cloud and those on a path to Digital Transformation need Digital ICT Infrastructure that allows them to build, test and deploy faster than ever before. The int...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Lachapelle, CEO of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), will provide an overview of various initiatives to certifiy the security of connected devices and future trends in ensuring public trust of IoT. Eric Lachapelle is the Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), an international certification body. His role is to help companies and individuals to achieve professional, accredited and worldw...
What if you could build a web application that could support true web-scale traffic without having to ever provision or manage a single server? Sounds magical, and it is! In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Munns, Senior Developer Advocate for Serverless Applications at Amazon Web Services, will show how to build a serverless website that scales automatically using services like AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon S3. We will review several frameworks that can help you build serverle...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Loom Systems will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 2015, Loom Systems delivers an advanced AI solution to predict and prevent problems in the digital business. Loom stands alone in the industry as an AI analysis platform requiring no prior math knowledge from operators, leveraging the existing staff to succeed in the digital era. With offices in S...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 add...
The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), which enables organizations to seamlessly run in a hybrid cloud model (public + private cloud), is here to stay. IDC estimates that the software-defined networking market will be valued at $3.7 billion by 2016. Security is a key component and benefit of the SDDC, and offers an opportunity to build security 'from the ground up' and weave it into the environment from day one. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Reuven Harrison, CTO and Co-Founder of Tufin, ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that T-Mobile will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc., is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 67.4 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on ...