The needs of a technology generation – where Digital Natives are becoming a large part of the workforce – are vast and wide calling for an all-encompassing solution that rapidly meets their needs. Data centers are the hub where these needs are fulfilled through solutions which are centralized and emitted. Data centers give technology staff the ability to correct issues on the server and, once completed, transfer them to the entire company. The Digital Natives rely on the data center to meet their digital needs, irrespective of their awareness to it. What if, magically, this workforce could be satisfied by the same attributes delivered to them by that data center, but without the arduous task of managing it?
There are times when the management of data center equipment is a cumbersome task. While the endurance an organization has to continue onsite management of their data center seems virtuous, in the long run it may not be effective financially. While a company wants to continue its line of business, management of the data center isn’t necessarily related to the company’s success. If the resources which a data center provides could be accessed without the infrastructure, what reason would a company have for keeping the infrastructure?
The data center is a tool where data is stored and applications are centralized to be distributed to a workforce that is everywhere. It is the correct functioning of these applications that are determine the success of the company. If a hospital is not able to properly distribute and manage electronic health records by using applications like Epic, Cerner or Meditech, that hospital may be ineffective at fulfilling the goal of providing superior healthcare to patients. If the leaves on the tree are workers using the software, if the branches are the software applications, if the tree trunk is the storage repository of all the data the company holds, then the roots are the data center.
A data center exists to help a workforce share data. It exists for the sole purpose of ensuring that a workforce can function on their individual desktops and trust their operating system – whether Windows or Linux based – to work. It exists to ensure all technological capabilities come to fruition. The data center has rightfully been held on a technological pedestal and financially managed accordingly. This is why a restructure of your data center can be one of the most costly projects.
The virtue of cloud technology is that it eliminates infrastructure management while giving you every benefit that infrastructure represented. The term “infrastructure as a service” means that you pay a company to essentially be your virtual data center. One could argue this keeps the data center even more on the pedestal it was on before, since you are placing it in the hands of a facility that focuses solely on data center management. When your data center resides in a location who’s business it is to manage other servers, your data center is among “its own”, so to speak.
An organization that moves their equipment into a remote data center will be utilizing that space for rent. The right facility will be set up in such a way that computer, server and networking equipment can properly (and more importantly, safely) reside there. The space provided by the data center represents a secure facility that has the technological resources to house such equipment. This space is unique, for it should have optimum cooling and power capacity to ensure your data center is up and running continuously. It should have the security around its building to ensure the space cannot be surreptitiously accessed. A portion of the facility space will be provided (portioned out) to any organization that is contracting for what is called co-location services.
When you decide to move your data center into a secure facility, your workforce will access every aspect of it remotely using the internet. If your connection is properly set up, the speed between accessing your data center in-house verses accessing it offsite will be in the milliseconds of difference. To put this in perspective, consider that every time you access a web page online you are accessing information from a server. In the same way you accessed applications on your server in the next room across from you, you will access them through the internet when they sit in a remote facility. That being said, it is always important to review SLA agreements with any cloud provider.
Many digital natives will be familiar and comfortable with the idea of moving servers to the cloud. With that said, for organizations who have legacy equipment and are thinking of purchasing new hardware, consider looking to a cloud provider.
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