While media reports are doing a great job of educating the public about the energy consumption of data centers – a subject that not many people might think about day-to-day – a recent study shows that even as data center loads continue to grow exponentially, their energy consumption has not grown at the same rate.
A recent Bloomberg article, on the flip side, indicates that investors are becoming wary of data centers due to their increasing water consumption, a hot button topic in popular data center markets like California.
The data center industry, in other words, dodges one efficiency and sustainability crisis only to step foot in another one.
While enterprise computing is still hosted in on-premise data centers, the move to hosting providers is accelerating. According to IDC, by 2018, 65% of all IT infrastructure will be located in cloud or colocation data centers. Meanwhile, cloud has the spotlight. Think pieces abound describing the inevitable move to cloud-based infrastructure, especially as on-premise data centers age or undergo consolidation.
Ultimately, cloud computing may mature enough to replace the majority of IT infrastructure loads, but for many years we’ll actually see colocation and cloud working together in concert. Colocation certainly isn’t dead and has its place in the infrastructure strategy of many companies, from smaller cloud service providers to huge enterprises facing compliance or specific hardware requirements.
Is cloud computing the future? It’s certainly a major part of it. But colocation isn’t going anywhere for the next decade or two. If anything, it will continue to grow alongside expanding cloud services.
If you're administrating an enterpise IT environment, you're dealing with databases. Database platforms collect and organize information from applications, allowing the program and users to access, manage, and update relevant data. You need a database to recall data when necessary.
Once you've chosen a database platform, you have a few major decisions to make. Where do you deploy your database? Who will manage your database infrastructure? Enter Database as a Service, or DBaaS. This emerging SaaS subcategory enables near-instantaneous provisioning of preconfigured virtual infrastructure stacks that are ready for data.
According to a recent Gartner survey, IT modernization is the top motivation to move to public cloud services for companies of all sizes. Cost savings came in a close second, but in many ways IT modernization leads directly to cost savings. Cloud providers offer the latest technology powering scalable infrastructure, and they can deploy it much more rapidly than an in-house IT team without a capital expense for the client organization.
Here are some of the reasons companies modernize their IT through cloud computing and some of the benefits they find when they do.
As cloud computing continues to spread throughout enterprises, mid-market companies, and SMBs alike, IT departments of every size must learn how to manage different SaaS and IaaS contracts, providers, and services.
This requires a different, if overlapping, skillset compared to administrating and operating on-site infrastructure. While much of the back-end remains the same, new titles and job roles are becoming popular for positions that identify business drivers, hammer out cloud contracts, and keep track of the complete lifecycle of a cloud service.
The Cloud Service Manager is one of these, but CTOs, Cloud Product Managers, Cloud Systems Engineers, and even Project Managers may have to fill the same shoes. What exactly is involved in being a Cloud Product Owner or Cloud Service Manager?