6 IT Strategies to Stay Ahead of Data Center Trends

In this article about rethinking traditional data center strategies to maximize new opportunities and approaches, Craig Wright, principal, offers advice for staying ahead of the curve. Sample excerpts: “The adoption of virtualization in recent years has laid the groundwork for many IT organizations to move from on-premise data centers to co-located environments and the cloud, says Craig Wright, principal at IT and outsourcing consultancy Pace Harmon. The increased acceptance of high-density platforms that require much smaller physical locations encourages portability as well. Cloud implementation continues to grow, whether public cloud for standardized situations or private clouds for solutions that are differentiating or have increased security or regulatory requirements. That's driving more focus on orchestrating and aggregating infrastructure services, Wright says. And automation is starting to shake things up with the promise of the software-defined data center. ‘In this scenario, everything in the data center is virtualized -- applications, databases, networks -- and an automation layer extends across all virtualization layers to create a unified platform,’ says Wright. This emerging approach requires a high level of virtualization maturity and orchestration sophistication to put all the pieces together efficiently.”