How the Cloud and Modular Data Center Development Accelerate Business

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The rate at which organizations must respond to market pressures today is unprecedented. The rise of industry disruptors, rapid competitor moves and influxes of data creates pressure for companies to move and innovate at top speed. To sustain business and compete at the highest level, top data centers must be virtualized, updated, upgraded and configured faster than the traditional two- to three-year development cycle. Fortunately, new technology provides a variety of viable options. Here’s a look at how these leading options in fast, reliable data center development are closing the crucial gap between ideation, building and usage.

The Cloud

Cloud computing and cloud services are fast and easy ways to spin up the extra resources needed. Private and hybrid clouds are leading the pack, with multicloud and public cloud services following close behind. And put simply, determining which cloud service is best for your company depends on how much you’re willing to use it.

“Enterprises achieving labor efficiencies of at least 400 virtual machines (VMs) per engineer are poised to have lower [total cost of ownership] for a self-managed cloud than public or managed cloud options,” a 451 Research report states.

“It is possible for self-managed private clouds to be cheaper than the public cloud, but utilization and labor efficiency must be relatively high,” the 451 study continues. “At 60 percent utilization and 1,000 VMs per engineer, all the options we examined are cheaper than the public cloud.”

Whichever option you choose, the cost efficiency of the cloud is indisputable. Still, cloud computing isn’t your only avenue to stay on top.

Modular Data Center Development

A prefabricated modular data center is another option to consider when time is of the essence and physical IT flexibility is in demand. This hot new data center trend is expected to reach $5.639 billion by the end of 2021, up from $1.386 billion in 2016, according to a report by Research and Markets. Surges in data traffic, increased demand in new data centers and the need for shortened lead times in data center commissioning are causing the modular option to take off.

In addition, compact modular data centers offer additional flexibility to move to varying locations as needed — a helpful feature in an increasingly mobile world. In any case, these preconfigured, on-premises options allow organizations to quickly and easily add data center resources when and where they are needed.

Whether you opt for the cloud or an on-premises, preconfigured data center depends on the exact requirements of your business. The good news is you no longer need to create or extend data centers by building them from scratch. When time is money, making use of these tools, services and computing resources can drive innovation forward.

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Pam Baker

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Pam Baker is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Georgia. Her published credits number in the thousands, including books, e-books, e-briefs, white papers, industry analysis reports and articles in leading publications, including Institutional Investor, CIO, Fierce Markets and InformationWeek, among many others. Her latest book, "Data Divination: Big Data Strategies," has been met with rave reviews, was featured in a prestigious National Press Club event, is recommended by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for business executives and is currently being used as a textbook in both business and tech schools in universities around the world. Baker is a "big-picturist," meaning she enjoys writing on topics that overlap and interact, such as technology and business. Her fans regualrly follow her work in science, technology, business and finance.

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