Data is Not Rigid, so Why is Your Infrastructure? 

With the proliferation of the Internet of Things and the explosion of more and more connected devices at the edge, the potential and possibilities of data are endless. Never throughout history have we had so much data at our fingertips. It’s generated so rapidly and in such large quantities that it’s difficult to manage, and yet it has never been so important for businesses to access.

However, for the devices at the edge to come alive, latency will be critical, and processing will need to happen as close to the data as possible. To change data from infrastructure input to value-added output, we must consider how our data centers are configured – are they simply silos of varied data, workloads, and resources or are they purpose-built infrastructures designed to deliver business insight?

The Value of Shifting Your Mindset: Purpose-Built Infrastructures

The scale and diversity of data that is produced by numerous devices at the edge is driving an evolution of data center application development and deployment, and as a result, we are beginning to see more applications deployed in containers than virtual machines. And, given the varying types of data and applications that organizations are managing, it is important to note that not only are organizations adopting containerization, but containers of all sizes are being deployed at scale.

The performance, scalability, and agility requirements of data center infrastructure to handle orchestration of large-scale container deployments will continue to grow, and this new data center infrastructure will need to be easy to configure, compose and tear down, efficient, and high performing. Additionally, the new infrastructure must scale both up and down on demand. The primary building blocks of the data center infrastructure – compute, memory, network, and storage – must be deployed and “composed” on the fly. As a result, the infrastructure is evolving to ensure both composability and elasticity.

Loosen Up! Data is not Rigid; Infrastructure Cannot be Rigid

Data is not rigid and the infrastructure in which it lives cannot be rigid either.  Open composability drives a future of flexible data centers that offer the choice to build requisite infrastructure on the fly to serve specific workloads and data types. In this new-age data center driven by composable and open composable standards, businesses will have the ability to create the infrastructure they need, when they need it, not simply deploy the pre-configured hyperconverged infrastructure of days past.

Emerging Innovations: A Round Table Discussion

If you want to learn more about the future data center and how composability will play an integral role in unlocking the business potential of your data, I invite you to join me at the upcoming virtual Emerging Innovations Summit by ActualTech MediaOn May 29, we will join multiple vendors to discuss emerging technologies and what those technologies mean for your organization. You can stream the event on demand after the live summit.

> Stream the online event here: Emerging Innovations Summit

 

 

VP of Marketing for Data Center Solutions, Narayan has more than 20 years of experience with a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering.