In an effort to expand into the lucrative market segments, CEOs are making all plausible attempts to harness technological prowess based upon profound cloud backed platforms. Both, small and big industry players have up their sleeves to accept this transforming wave for better accountability and process performance. After all, cloud together with data center virtualization has turned out to be a huge business in the age of innovation and revolutionary ideas. 

Data Center Virtualization: One Step ahead of Server Virtualization

In server virtualization, a hypervisor, such as VMware or Microsoft® Hyper-V is implemented with the aim of making best of the underlying physical resources of a server. In view of this, one physical server is logically segmented into multiple virtual machines, whilst, each sliced server runs its own native operating system and computing resources. Conversely, data center takes server virtualization subject to a next degree. It’s a holistic overhaul of complete data center that comprises servers, network and storage virtualization. It affluently unites each resource into a virtual resource pool, allowing organizations to move beyond virtualization silos for amplified throughput.

Technically, virtual applications perform well within an overall virtualized data center. However, the most buzzing cloud technology is a dynamic pool of shared computing capabilities and applications, which enables end-user to access resources on demand and on a pay-per-use basis.

Cloud Computing - Driving Factors

Tradition Data Centers: Cost-Intensive Centers

Conventionally, data centers support businesses by simply adding server, network, and other computing resources when needed. Over the span of time, things have turned turtle. Exponential growth of data (terabytes to zettabytes) demands a simplified platform to get tracked, tackled, and accessed, so as to competitively position the business to drive agility. 

To be honest, facilities lacking upgradation can't stand in the market for long, thereby becoming obsolete in the approaching time.

Challenges Linked to Conventional Data Centers

Managing zettabytes of data to facilitate quick insight, whilst keeping data center capital expenditure to the minimum is not easy with the outdated setups, eventually affecting business’s bottom line. 

- Rapid and rampant growth of data volume
- Accumulation and management of data produced through a host of new sources
- Growth of unstructured forms of human & machine generated data

A perfect solution to address these challenges is – Cloud. Cloud based data centers are the future – converged, automated, and virtualized. Cloud hosting providers will take a leap by opening up portfolio of opportunities for business across diverse segments spanning education, hospitability, aviation, government, banking, and healthcare sector. 

Take a Quick Look at the Graph Depicting Global Data Center Traffic:

 


“Cloud will steal the limelight when compared to traditional data centers”, this proclamation is not just castles in the air. However a host of research analyst firms has backed the same with facts. 

Take a Look at What Gartner has to Say in this Regard:

The leading research firm has summed up one of its report which interviewed around 2810 CIOs worldwide, including CIOs from Australia and New Zealand. It predicts that NZ and Australian CIOs are accepting cloud computing over data centers on account of two major factors that include scalability and slashed down IT budgets. 

In addition, cloud hosting in India is expected to reach $1.08 billion by 2015, suggests one of the research firm – Zinnov. 

Not only in terms of scalability and spectacular IT savings – Cloud hosting will also defy traditional data centers in terms of security. 

With disruptive technologies such as Mobile Technologies, Big Data and Cloud Computing taking organizations to new heights, it has become inevitably important for data centers to proportionately bind up with the latest in technology, or else face the reality.