Whether it is the development of an agile IT-as-a-Service environment, the availability of an effective basis for Big Data analytics, or the move to a cloud-ready platform – many companies are increasingly looking at the Data Center as a vital asset to gain a competitive advantage.
In today market scenario, ICT efficiency and flexibility have become absolutely essential to shorten the time-to-market: ICT functions need to align quickly with business needs, driving the change from static to agile service models, thus implementing what Gartner defines as “bimodal IT”. Risk reduction can be as well achieved by converting CapEx to OpEx. Innovative Service Providers are matching these needs by providing Cloud Services to their Business customers; catching this paradigm shift is a great opportunity to create new revenue streams, thus avoiding being flattened on pure connectivity.
Both for Enterprises and for Service Providers, a fundamental prerogative for a successful agile ICT Services delivery is the implementation of Next Generation Data Centers, capable to guarantee high levels of performance and flexibility, coupled with an efficient underlying IP infrastructure that must be tightly integrated, since most of the traffic is not directed to the service consumers, but enclosed within the Data Center itself.
Virtualization is the cornerstones of the Next Generation Data Center, along with an appropriate orchestration of all involved resources, processes and functions. The newest software-defined infrastructures may provide the highest levels of flexibility and performances.