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What will future data centres be like?

Sri Narayanan | Oct. 2, 2017
Multi-cloud environments offer an ideal breeding ground for digital transformation using next-generation applications. But data centres need to transform to support them, says IDC's Glen Duncan at the Tech Summit 2017 in Singapore.

IDC Glen Duncan

Multi-cloud environments offer an ideal breeding ground for digital transformation using next-generation applications. That was the takeaway during the Tech Summit 2017 breakout session by Glen Duncan, senior research manager, data centre, IDC (pictured above).

Held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre on Tuesday (26 September 2017), the 'Cloud & Next Generation Datacenter' track led CIOs and IT professionals through a series of presentations on the technical flashpoints facing those in their digital transformation journeys. Among the key issues raised included adopting next-generation data centre to drive digital transformation, having automation capability and visibility in a cloud-focused environment, key data challenges and embracing the cloud as a truly disruptive force within an organisation.

Duncan suggested that future data centres will likely support a multi-cloud environment that will be autonomous, highly accurate and fully optimised using predictive analytics to reduce downtime without human intervention. The key, he proposed, was to fully reconfigure the next generation data centre as a smart, software-defined data centre; one that would be less error-prone and labour intensive, and feature limited manual processes, if at all.

Such a next-generation data centre would be essential to run future applications and host multi-cloud environments which offer an ideal balance of efficiency, security, reliability, agility, scalability and connectivity.While aging infrastructure will drive the impetus to upgrade data centres, Duncan expected developments in internal cloud and network ecosystems to determine the final configuration of that upgrade for organisations.

YJ Huang, Arista Networks

Responding to this next-generation view of the future, YJ Huang, Systems Engineering Manager at Arista Networks (pictured above), recommended companies to address the total cost of ownership in digital transformation projects more carefully. He called for visibility around multi-cloud usage and more automation to achieve the efficiencies required to maximise returns on investments. In particular, new tools deployed across a smart software-defined data centre which can deliver high performance through the network via automated processes and high visibility.

Ong Whee Teck, TrustedSource

But organisations must be prepared for what a multi-cloud future entails. According to Ong Whee Teck, CEO of TrustedSource (pictured above), 36 percent of organisations struggle with change management in digital transformation. He argued that the cloud is a disruptor and threaten companies that don't go digital to lose the market. And those that do, must be prepared to change their business model. Organisations need to harness the power of design, data, business model and decision making process to fully take advantage of the cloud. But ultimately, the cloud and digital transformation is more than just technology; it is about people.


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