The Evolving Data Centre – Preparing the CIO for IT Evolution

With the abundance of cloud offerings in the market place, physical infrastructure is no longer an enterprise IT requirement. Cloud has established itself as an excellent option for infrastructure outsourcing.

Cloud offers inherent benefits and value propositions including flexibility, agility, nimbleness, and lower costs. While data centre is an asset to the enterprise, the Cloud complements and enhances the value of on-premises infrastructure. Businesses should focus on which components of their infrastructure should be outsourced to the cloud ecosystem.

Therefore, the tight integration with public cloud services, as well as leveraging an on-premises infrastructure, provides a cost effective and scalable platform that is future-proofed in the face of quickly-evolving technology.

CIOs are on a constant quest to understand what infrastructure will provide the best fit, at the lowest risk and cost. That understanding will ultimately determine the right target platform – whether it is locally hosted on-premises, leverages a colocation provider, or the public cloud. Core considerations must include latency, resiliency, security, governance, cost, expansion, management and the location of the cloud provider’s data centre to adhere to geographic compliance mandates.

Today, Cloud is a journey for most enterprises. Organisations gradually move their workloads into the public cloud. Each of these workloads may have specific infrastructure requirements. In today’s evolving data centre, defining the proper use of data centre assets, and how cloud-based platforms may or may not fit into the mix is critical to business success.

Finally, cloud exchange or cloud connect add services provide direct connectivity for the cloud provider’s customers to global carriers, ISPs, Internet Exchanges, content and CDN players, storage vendors and other enterprise and potentially ecosystem partners. This connectivity provides a higher value to the infrastructure offering of the cloud provider.

Recorded on December 9th at 10am PT, join Gigaom Research and our sponsor Telx in a free analyst webinar panel discussion in which an expert panel will discuss the infrastructure choices available to CIOs and which of these choices are most suitable to various applications and workloads.


Rich Morrow founder / head geek,quicloud LLC
Tim Crawford CIO Strategic Advisor, AVOA
Don Schuett Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, Telx

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