While data managers grapple with growing data volumes and shrinking budgets, innovative minds are hard at work trying to scale infrastructure and reduce costs. The online backup solutions that have emerged, aim to provide continuous access to data stores, meet stringent compliance regulations and create operational efficiencies, while deploying shared resources that bring in greater returns on investment.
Economies of scale kick in as data centers are integrated and consolidated by online service providers and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) or software-as-service (SaaS) offerings gain popularity. These consolidated green data centers conserve energy, improve response times, streamline performance, increase capacity, optimize balance sheets, and deliver measurable results.
Technology refresh cycles become simpler with consolidated data centers. The technology upgrade happens at a single point on the network and outdated technologies can be phased out while cost effective alternates can be installed for peak performance and green computing. Non- disruptive scalable technology with enterprise class reliability can be harnessed on-demand as data volumes grow or the demand for higher capacity computing infrastructure becomes urgent within the organization. Enterprises can expand effortlessly, boost performance seamlessly, protect investments effectively, minimize risk proactively, scale on demand dynamically and save on costs intelligently, while enjoying the benefits of green computing.
Centralized data center architectures reclaim datacenter floor space. Research indicates that more than 80 percent of datacenters are power and heat constrained and adding power and cooling capacities is expensive and sometimes impossible, given the structural limitations of the buildings. Service providers, who set up data centers for online backup services, use newer storage technologies that consolidate for creating greater technology capacity in lesser floor spaces. These data centers produce less heat and require low power for their operation.
Consolidation of data centers go hand in hand with greater virtualization. Organizations seek to consolidate redundant and aging infrastructures and create agile, cost effective solutions that eliminate redundant data, reduce bandwidth requirement and optimize the use of existing infrastructure while reducing space, power and cooling requirements. Virtual drives can be deployed, managed, monitored from a single management console and existing organizational infrastructure can be integrated with the sophisticated infrastructures of consolidated remote data centers.
Finally, storage consolidation reduces complexity, increases utilization and reduces the total cost of ownership. It also brings in its wake other benefits such as easier backup and recovery, increased availability, improved scalability and greater storage resource pooling.