Are data centers dead? Hardly. Despite the occasional contrarian headline designed to get more clicks, data centers are very much still alive and well. Here’s why.
The Much-Ballyhooed Death of the Data Center Doesn’t Match RealityIt isn't hard to find stories sounding the death knell for the traditional data center. Here’s one. And another. And yet another, complete with “RIP” engraved on a tombstone. Truth is, people love bold declarations and statements that speak in absolute terms. It’s human nature to draw a line in the sand and pick sides. But, as with most everything in life, the truth is more complex than that. When you look at the IT industry, the numbers show a vastly different story from what you read in a few headlines.
Most prominently, Network World recently ran a story highlighting two extensive studies that show the data center is, in fact, “thriving instead of dying.” Some key takeaways from the piece:
- 151 IT managers in North America were surveyed. A majority of them expected to at least double their physical servers in the next year.
- Seventy-three percent of these servers will be running hypervisors or containers by 2019, largely due to security and application performance concerns.
- Banks and other financial institutions are big drivers of the market for physical data centers and related products. It is expected this sector along will invest $9 billion this year alone, with as much as $14 billion by 2021.
Cloud Pros and Cons
There’s no question the evolution of how consumers interact with data has led more companies to consider the cloud. Usually, there are a few reasons companies make the switch to the cloud, but the biggest is usually price, followed by scalability. It is cheaper and easier in the short run to throw all of your data up into cloud servers, especially when faced with having to building a second facility, whether to store more data or bolster disaster recovery efforts.
So, why hasn’t every company on the planet abandoned its traditional data center and fled for the cloud? Security, for one. Compliance and reliability are also big factors. Then, there’s the desire for good, old-fashioned Quality Control. If you’re looking to optimize performance and keep your (and your customers’) data truly secure, nothing beats an on-premise data center.
Hybrid Clouds to the Rescue
Instead of opting for either a traditional data center or the cloud, many companies are choosing a hybrid cloud model. This is a “best of both worlds” solution that allows companies to shift data and applications between private and public clouds as needed. You might store your webmail in a public cloud, while your more sensitive data resides in the private cloud. Hybrid clouds allow the scalability and flexibility of the cloud without having to give up control over your own private infrastructure.
If you’re considering a move to a colocation or building your own hybrid cloud, talk to the experts at Instor first. Our decades of experience in the industry combined with a dedication to rapid deployment and a vendor-agnostic approach ensures your projects are completed on time, within budget and to your satisfaction.