Ever since the days of Jim Cutler and his evil plan to replace the SC&P creative lounge with 125 square feet of raised floor and a well-ventilated metaphor, the enterprise has been struggling with the right way to manage its data center. These days, enterprise IT leaders juggle a complex mixture of telecom closets, server rooms, overbuilt showcases, high-density colocation, shipping containers, and energized shells.
CenturyLink announced our commitment to certify all 57 of our worldwide data centers to meet the Uptime Institute’s Management & Operations (M&O) guidelines. We will be the first company to be evaluated at the global portfolio level for the Institute’s M&O Stamp of Approval. Getting there involves committing to audit all 57 of our data centers over the next two years to provide third party verification of operational excellence, sustainability and consistency in meeting the 100% Uptime Service Level Agreement (SLA).
CenturyLink is a premier sponsor of the upcoming Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) Management Conference. The theme of this year’s event is Leading I&O: Delivering New Levels of Innovation and Productivity and will be held in Las Vegas on Dec 2-5 at the Venetian Hotel.
To exemplify how the data center is playing a leading role in innovation, I will be hosting a panel of our customers at the event titled “How IT is helping the Enterprise Revolutionize their Markets.”
The past few years have seen more businesses turn to cloud computing for more IT services. So it was only a matter of time before this trend pointed toward an even bigger change in the way businesses handle IT: wide-ranging outsourcing.
Expect to see that come to fruition in the next five years, when about 70 percent of all business IT infrastructures will be outsourced. This is according to the latest Global IT Leadership Report from Savvis, a CenturyLink company.
It’s no secret that businesses are consuming more data than ever, thanks to the prevalence of cloud computing and mobile traffic. Add to that the ever-growing Big Data needs, and organizations are seeing unprecedented demands on their networks.
In its July 2012 Visual Networking Index, Cisco reported a rapid increase in networking demand from many sources but mainly streaming media. It also estimates an annual growth rate of 29 percent for IP traffic through 2016.
Big Data isn’t just near. It’s here.
And though IT professionals are no strangers to handling large amounts of information, the sheer breadth, depth, velocity and variability of the data that enterprises are producing and processing requires new ways of thinking about data management.
Unfortunately, many organizations are behind the curve when it comes to controlling the data flow.
When it comes to managing data, IT professionals face challenges of boosting efficiency, keeping energy and operations costs down, increasing business continuity, and optimizing performance. For IT professionals in midsize businesses, or those in larger corporations who are dealing with growing access and application needs, managing an in-house data center increasingly is a burden in need of relief.
What’s the solution?