Today, cloud technology is considered as the ultimate destination in a data center’s transformation journey. No matter, whether it is a public cloud or a private cloud – a converged cloud computing environment having the best of both the worlds is contemplated as the most optimal solution.

This blog throws light on how data centers are leveraging the cloud technology to improve their capabilities

Many service providers across the globe have already embarked upon the journey to implement virtualization in their data centers; nevertheless most of them are yet to complete the required gaps to make their move to the cloud.

The major steps that are required for virtualization are:

  • Creating a shared and service enabled infrastructure for employing private cloud
  • Adding-up external public cloud solutions for creating a hybrid cloud environment
  • Making a shift to a multi-sourcing environment, wherein data center acts as a consumer as well as a service provider of cloud hosting solutions

The role of information technology in this whole journey is to change fixed IT assets to a strategic provider of superior services to its clients.

A recent survey conducted by the participants of Data Center 2025 states that approximately 60% of the data centres across the globe are expected to implement cloud technology by the year 2025. This is likely to happen due to the following reasons:

Pay-as-you-go Business Model: Instead of tapping on the potential of colocation services, administrators are looking to follow pay as you use model, which implies VMs and  servers will be provisioned only when required. It is an appropriate solution mainly for those environments that are not using the given workload for longer time periods.

Cloud Resources: By using cloud resources, IT environments are no longer required to incur capital expenditures on their internal infrastructure. Be it bandwidth or high storage capacities, data center administrators can make fully utilization of their virtual machines instead of purchasing the additional resources for their existing datacenter.

Distributed Datacenters: It is always preferable to have critical data distributed across multiple locations. This not only creates higher availability of your critical information but also provides easy accessibility. Closer a user is located to a datacenter, faster is his access to the required information. Moreover, such kind of environment creates application and data redundancy, which implies if any environment fails, administrators can swiftly redirect traffic to another cloud-based data center to ensure business continuity.

Hence, cloud computing has completely changed the way a service provider controls and replicates data. The technology taps the potential of robust cloud infrastructure while providing elasticity to data center to scale-up/down resources in line with their changing requirements.