In today’s business scenario, most of the IT systems are getting expeditiously deployed in a holistic hybrid ecosystem. Here holistic ecosystem covers onsite /offsite cloud computing models (public cloud, private cloud), custom tools and third-party applications. With businesses gearing up for smorgasbord scenario, it has become indispensable for them to gain access to fully-connected and highly scalable data centers.

Such elastic data center facilities will allow organizations to provision computing resources when they need it; connect to their own partners or service subscribers; and leverage cloud services both within and outside the data center. To put it simple, with the help of different network connections and configurations, organizations can work from anywhere, connect to various data center vendors, and connect to internal data centers as well as cloud service providers.
Elastic Data Centers Are the Future

In the near future, elasticity will be a key characteristic defining sustainability factor of an organization.  Not to mention that the world is getting transformed at a faster pace, especially with the advent of new technologies. To balance the changing world and ever-increasing clients’ expectations, discovering equilibrium between cloud computing solutions and colocation facilities is mandatory. Small setup organizations to fortune 500 companies are in a quest to leverage a platform that opens new rooms of opportunities for them while offering greater flexibility to their valued customer base. Optimum level of elasticity will allow them to scale up and scale down IT resources, and shift IT workloads dynamically from a colo environment to a managed hosting or a cloud hosting environment without experiencing any downtime.  Furthermore, this workload movement should not be confined to only one data center.

Evaluate Various Network connections:

Going by a data center vendor that adheres by top-of-the-line security metrics with ample physical network capabilities is a sage decision. Before you associate with a hosting vendor, always ask about some of the below mentioned queries:

- What amount of network bandwidth will be available for your critical business applications?
- What security measures have been in place to protect your data, websites and applications?
- What level of priority your business-sensitive applications will receive?

Well, it has been observed that today most of the advanced data center providers offer secure and  dedicated network connections that bestow granular control and ironclad security.

Addition value-added services:  These value-added services can be leveraged from the data center provider and from a host of third-party benefactors. In order to create fully-functional hybrid ecosystem, it is essential that enterprise should gain access to different infrastructure. The current business economy suggests that interest of enterprises is increasing in leveraging multiple cloud environments, and here data centers act as an optimal platform for boosting collaboration among various cloud vendors. It is worth mentioning that enterprises which embrace a software defined networking model reap multiple benefits in terms of highest security, optimized latency levels, and performance.

 Width of Services:  In near time, data centers which offer an array of options with respect to network connectivity and provide access to cloud and SaaS solutions have greater chances to defy their counterparts. This is not the end of wants and desires – enterprises will also be needing solutions that can help them to cutback time spent on managing different vendors.

 In connection with the same, a report by 451 Research suggests that an increasing number of data center providers offer management tools that help end-users to gain better visibility and control in orchestrating various parts. Furthermore, it states that the management software enables organizations to gauge their computing resource utilization (network, power, capacity, etc.) and provides capability to manage workloads in an efficient manner. Well, this suite of offerings will help different organizations to gain agility and optimize the way they make use of computing capabilities. In addition to this, it will also give complete visibility into their entire hybrid IT environment as one system.

To get started, below are a few pointers that CEOs should keep in mind:

1. Look for a scalable data center provider: It is difficult to claim that the resources that your business is utilizing today, the same will be consumed in future as well. Therefore, CEOs should work in collaboration with CIOs to understand what resources their critical business applications will need in future and always embrace solutions that offer greater flexibility.  Not to mention, an association with a big provider having multiple options to offer is a good to go option.
2. Process after contemplation:  Don’t bank on a solution just because you have heard a lot about it. Analyzing cloud has the potential to bring operational savings to a business, most of the CEOs become impulsive and decide to move their complete workflow to the cloud. However, this shouldn’t be the case – take time to understand where this shift will be profitable and it won’t be.  For organizations embarking on giant legacy IT systems, moving everything wouldn’t be the optimal choice.  It again goes without saying that hybrid IT approach mitigates the risk and boosts performance by allowing you to decide what you can move to cloud and what you should keep within company’s premises.
3. Ensure Network Strategy and Capacity: Before you decide to move your workloads to cloud, ensure that you have enough network bandwidth available for your mission-critical applications. For example, if you are planning to use IoT applications and sensors on the manufacturing floor for moving confidential data, you need to have access to high-end bandwidth connectivity and other computing resources.

To sum up the all, future data center will revolve around network connections and access to a smorgasbord of service providers. CIOs should embrace solutions that can offer maximum flexibility and agility, which is indispensable for business transformation.