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Accelerate how you innovate data center evolution in the era of the cloud

  1. 1. accelerate your ambition Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data Accelerate how you innovate Data center evolution in the era of the cloud Produced by the BPI Network, sponsored by Dimension Data
  2. 2. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data The software-defined data centre: making the inevitable achievable Transform to better perform Read more … In today’s data-driven world, agile organizations are embracing a new model of business-responsive data centers and networks to drive the innovation, agility and speed needed to stay ahead of global competitors.
  3. 3. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data Read more … Data has changed the business world forever. The global adoption of mobile technologies, faster computing, social networks, the internet and the cloud means the future of business is filled with opportunities for business leaders who can leverage that technology to their advantage and for consumers who will get better service and value as a result of increased competition. Executive summary
  4. 4. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data The good news is that today’s business managers have more data than ever to help them make the best possible decisions. The bad news is the flow of data is rising so quickly that it has outpaced the ability of most companies to turn most of it into actionable intelligence. In the worst cases, it results in unreliable or even contradictory conclusions. Getting from there to here : bringing the data center into the cloud era Read more … 1
  5. 5. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data While plotting the way forward is not a simple task, there are some basic principles to be followed. In the mid-90s the Mosaic browser opened the Internet up to many millions of new users. Many corporations dismissed the early days of the Internet as a fad, but there were also many early adopters that launched corporate websites and companies like eBay or Amazon that pioneered the field of e-commerce that is now a pillar of the global economy. In the digital transformation now underway, the need for better business and IT processes is clear and present. As noted earlier in this report, most companies have established some presence in the cloud over the past few years. Who’s leading the charge? A look at successful transformations Read more … 2
  6. 6. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data One needs only to scan the headlines today to see the growing challenges of keeping data safe and protecting the privacy of individuals. Spurred by the concern of consumers around the world, governments have responded with regulations designed to protect their personal information. This is particularly true in Europe, where personal privacy has been a priority. Security and compliance: Keeping data safe and private Read more … 3
  7. 7. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data The transformation to better performance isn’t just changing business. It’s changing IT, creating demand for technology workers with skills sets that are better-suited to a more agile environment. Who’ll run all this stuff? Job requirements for the new IT Read more … 4
  8. 8. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data An old joke tells us the three most important words in real estate are location, location, location. They also may be the most important when considering where and how to do business today. Planning a global enterprise is much easier on a blank white board than in a world divided by borders, privacy laws, energy shortages, temperature ranges, workforce availability and varying costs for reliable telecommunication service. A world apart: Regional variations inspire and challenge Read more … 5
  9. 9. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data A key goal of the transformation of business technology is to make applications more useful to employees and customers around the world and around the clock. Earlier, we discussed the security and regional considerations of this transformation, but what about the applications themselves – the software that employees routinely use internally now? Modernizing your legacy: ERP’s evolving role in the hybrid cloud Read more … 6
  10. 10. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data Automation is a word with many meanings, in part because the evolution of technology gradually allows for automation of more things. The data center and software defined networks will be the next significant step for automation. Putting it on auto pilot: Automation’s emerging role Read more … 7
  11. 11. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data Until recently, the best way to make sure your business wouldn’t stop when the data center went down was to build a second center that could take over if the first one failed. Earlier in this report, we discussed the extraordinary expense of building an on-premises data center; the cost of building a second isn’t any cheaper. If your first facility cost millions of dollars, your backup facility would probably cost about the same. Worse, it won’t necessarily prevent a service outage if the problem is elsewhere in a company’s network. Always on: Assuring high availability and disaster recovery Read more … 8
  12. 12. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data John Gage may be most famous for coming up with Sun Microsystem’s tagline: “The network is the computer.” But his greatest insight might be “Technology is easy. People are hard.” One topic that surfaced repeatedly in our research with executives in this field was the importance of change management when attempting to carry out a transformation that will make businesses perform better. Change management: Transformation starts at the top Read more … 9
  13. 13. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data The software-defined data centre: making the inevitable achievable Conclusions Read more … If we summed up this report in three words, they would be “things must change.” The powerful explosion of data we’ve witnesses in just a few short years has already permanently changed the way organizations do business around the globe. And this is just the start. The generation, collection, storage and analysis of data are all clearly accelerating, with no end in sight.
  14. 14. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data Read more … Data centers must change The role of IT has changed Business agility is mandatory Security and compliance Data drives costs Downtime will decline Six key findings 1 2 3 4 5 6
  15. 15. accelerate your ambition Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data To read more on this piece please go to: http://www.reinventdatacentres.com/advocacy/report

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