Although the operational essentials in companies focus management attention on investment in CAPEX or OPEX, the service levels that are expected to be achieved usually take resultant assessment of transformation of data centre and storage. The data centre in this contest is simply a facility used to enclose computer systems and other associated components like storage systems, telecommunications and others. But, the exact driving force for the actual process in transformation is simply economics. Latest technologies — improved performance, accessibility or scalability, with enhanced use of the resources at cheaper costs prove to be very attractive.
It has been estimated that data centre requirements for growing business will double yearly. The budgets of the growth phase must be directed in the direction of growing outlays directly to information technology expenditure yearly. Conversely, there can be hurdles associated with investment in storage efficiency and optimization technologies in order to manage their increasing innovations, as well as requirements for data storage and also escalating the prevailing data centre resources use.
How do organisations achieve needed efficiency? This can only start with knowledge of the fact that there is increasing requirement for automation, but the prevailing tools for management are incompetent and inefficient operationally. More so, organisations will find out that the ongoing physical server investments as well as their maintenance will serve one purpose which is to increase the entire expenses for operation and investment in server visualization. This will restrain substantial server costs and promotes material gains by decreasing overall cost of operation. Integrated virtual servers will help contribute a lot in achieving a self-motivated, collective resource environment that makes well-organised Information Technology (IT) service management and transformation of data centre.
The benefits associated with right sizing are not to be rejected. Organisations will estimate the most advantageous service levels needed from applications for their business components. The service level objectives identified will be the determinant factors for data centre transformation. There will also be the need for integration of different kinds of tools with fundamental storage infrastructure and those tools will be performance, availability, and recovery of applications. In order to make sure there is a high level of coordination in the framework and in due course allow automation of the IT service for the organisation, management consoles or virtual machine specific storage tasks will need to be built-in. Consequently, this is going to form architecture for either private or public cloud that scale out data centre transformation and provides end-to-end workload provisioning, as well as storage against the service level delivery objectives.
As discussed above, data centre transformation is not going to be revolutionary; rather, it will be a slow and evolutionary process. There are lots of things that can result from data centre transformation, and some of them include: Management reorganization, considerations of cost model, highly developed scaling for both servers and storage and convergence and / or amalgamation of diverse technology area to benefit the organisation. The more there is advances in new technologies, the more emergence of other factors that can possibly influence data centre transformation.