Digital Transformation: What Makes the Data Centre of the Future?

Imagine there’s an infrastructure genie, and you’re given three wishes about the data centre of your future. What will be the key features? How will it be managed? And how will it meet the needs of a changing workforce? We may not have a magic lantern, but we can tell you that our key vendor partners are competing hard to build the future technologies that will drive your digital transformation. Now is a great time to take advantage of their efforts.

Intelligence

There’s a reason that the big tech events have been talking up artificial intelligence (AI). As greater processing power becomes available in mainstream products, vendors are starting to integrate some impressive capabilities.

AI learns by answering questions based on available information. With every answer, it gains in accuracy, and the more data that is fed in, the better the intelligence can be refined. This data may be from the vendor initially, but AI capable machines then add your own data into the equation to tailor its responses. What kind of data?

AI has many and varied uses. At the moment, we are seeing our networking partners integrating AI to rapidly identify and deal with cyber-threats. Security is an area that can be greatly improved by AI, and given the risk landscape, businesses need all the help they can get.

Not surprisingly, the world of analytics is changing. AI has been able to achieve better results than radiologists at identifying certain heart and lung conditions and childhood eye disease. There have also been success stories in industries as diverse as farming, banking, mining and education. Intelligence is a vital element in the future data centre.

Agility

This is the most exciting technology era yet, and the best part for the Stott Hoare team is seeing the invention – and reinvention – that our customers accomplish. The organisations we work with have such vivid and creative views of their futures, and such innovative ways of imagining technology use.

Bringing those visions to fruition is dependent on creating a fertile environment for change. Because new technologies emerge so rapidly, those reaping the benefits have made technology foundations that are ready for anything. That means good cloud choices – and cloud-like agility in the data centre. This is another place it is worth checking the huge leaps that have been made in a competitive vendor landscape. Alliances such as Lenovo’s integration of Microsoft’s Azure Stack are designed to blur the lines between cloud and on-premise, creating an environment that is easy to change and reinvent on-the-go.

Easy to Manage

As it becomes clear how vital digital transformation is to business survival, organisations are realising that their IT team is too valuable to bury under endless mundane and repetitive tasks. Those with knowledge of the business and its interactions, as well a high degree of technical understanding, are the best positioned to envision the possibilities of the digital-driven world.

As a result, to free these champions of the business future, there is an urgent need to build an environment that requires less intervention. That means, of course, dependable, high-performing, and, wherever possible, automated. When launching XClarity, a new virtualised IT service management application that automates provisioning and administration of infrastructure, Lenovo executives cited automation as a key facet of the modern, agile data centre.

We work closely with Lenovo, who support all elements of digital transformation, from helping workers to have flexible, mobile-friendly devices to engineering data centres that are streamlined, cloud-friendly and have the dependable high-performance for demanding applications like AI. The idea is to help organisations to use technology very well, without losing focus.

A growing trend, though, is to hand over data centre management in part or entirely, seeing it as a utility that is better managed by specialists. Even many tech-savvy businesses see data centre management as a distraction from their core purpose, preferring to divert their IT team’s attention towards developing new applications and services.

Perhaps, then, only one wish is needed for tomorrow’s data centre: to have an available service that is there as and when needed, ready to support the organisation into the digital world that you are yet to imagine. It is not about the data centre itself, so much as the world it will enable you to create.

Time to reimagine your data centre, or consider the best option for your future? Contact our friendly infrastructure experts.

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