What does the consumerization of IT have to do with the datacenter? In a word—everything. BYOD policies may be putting your datacenter at risk. A VDI approach to device provisioning can address security and access problems.
Transforming the Datacenter
Looking at datacenter developments and how they impact next-generation technologies and services including cloud computing, virtualization, software-defined networking, and other emerging capabilities.
John Rhoton is a contributor to CBS Interactive's custom content group, which powers this Microsoft sponsored blog. He is a technology strategist who specializes in consulting to global enterprise customers with a focus on cloud computing.His tenure in the IT industry spans over twenty-five years at major technology companies, defining and implementing business strategy. He has recently led corporate technical strategy development, business development, and adoption of cloud services, datacenter transformation, mobility, security and next-generation networking, while also driving key corporate knowledge management and community-building programs.John is the author of six books. John Rhoton's views are his alone and do not necessarily represent those of Microsoft or CBSi.
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Many IT managers are afraid to virtualize business-critical applications, but by neglecting the potential for more agility, they may be exposed to more risk. Safely virtualize business-critical services and enjoy cloud-based efficiencies.
Virtualizing works well for small workloads, and can be a great advantage in high-performance computing applications when implemented correctly.
Businesses win when they tap data in ways that enable them to perform complex business processes more efficiently. To do that, businesses must have a high-performance information infrastructures.
Storage growth is out of control! By addressing storage growth, you can manage costs.
According to industry analysts, the amount of data being directly managed in enterprise datacenters will grow 14 fold over the next eight years. That’s a lot of information. It also implies a lot of infrastructure. But there is an irony here.
When there is an outage or spike in user activity, you don’t have the luxury of a long runway. It becomes necessary to make changes on-the-fly, even automatically in some cases, so that there is no human latency at all, and that is where workload mobility comes in.
I hate to split hairs on terminology. Arguing about definitions is rarely productive. But semantics frame our view of the world, so it is critical to at least reflect on what certain words mean. Take hybrid cloud, a popular buzzword this year.
Nobody can predict the future. We don’t know which way the economy will turn, and we can only guess how consumer behavior and preferences will evolve, and who knows what technology breakthroughs are just over the horizon. Analysts and pundits, whose work it is to prognosticate, can never seem to agree on the answers.