Use Enterprise Project Services to Transform Your Data Center!
As you know, virtualization really started gaining traction for server
consolidation as a way to save costs. Many of you have likely started
IT-sponsored virtualization initiatives and gained good success in
virtualizing low hanging fruit, such as infrastructure workloads like file
servers, AD, DNS, DHCP, etc. Now you’re probably wondering how you can
take your efforts to the next level.
Well, now you will have to look at gaining the confidence of your app owners before you can virtualize business and mission critical workloads. You have to ensure high-service quality—things like performance and scale, guaranteed levels of service, optimal resource availability, and heterogeneous workload support. We’re still in this transition today, particularly when it comes to virtualizing mission-critical, Tier 1 workloads.
To achieve this, you do need to be properly equipped with the right tools and infrastructure by which we mean taking advantage of things like storage cost-performance and network isolation, which you can get from public cloud providers.
Data is growing at a tremendous rate and as a result businesses need
increasing storage to accommodate. Many numbers have been published, and
while 40% annually is a good estimate, individual workloads and
environments may foster much faster growth.
And as data causes your storage to grow and your management complexity to grow, your data protection needs also grow! These costs tend to scale linearly with storage growth, in fact – the cost of the storage itself is only one aspect of a complete solution. This is amplified by increasing regulation impacting data retention policies, secure data handling, and data protection.
The bottom line is that storage TCO is growing for most organizations – driven by both acquisition and operation costs. In fact, the storage business is growing faster than the server business. While the cost-per-TB falls every year, this potential savings is completely dominated by data growth, and many customers report that storage is their fastest growing datacenter cost.