If you work in IT, you probably remember the first time you got into a real data center – not just a server cabinet, but a real raised floor. data centerswhere the door slams open in a blast of cold air and noise and you’re faced with rows and rows of racks, solid and gray, stuffed with servers with squealing cooling fans and flashing lights flashing like crazy. The data center is the place where cool stuff there are pizza boxes, blade servers, NAS and SAN. Some of its inhabitants are more exotic – big iron in all its massive forms, from the Z-series to the Superdome and everything in between.
For decades, data centers have been the heart of many businesses—fortified secret rooms where huge sums of capital are stored, busily turning electricity into revenue. And sometimes they are also a place where IT pros can hide – it’s kind of a joke that whenever a user you don’t want to see roams the IT floor, your best bet is to avoid contact with them. data center and wait for them to disappear. (But I never did. I promise.)
But over the past few years, there have been major changes in the relationship between companies and their data, as well as in the places where this data is stored. Of course, having your own servers and storage is always convenient, but why tie up all that capital if it’s not necessary? Why not just go to the cloud buffet and pay for what you want to eat and nothing else?
Some companies will always have some reason to set up data centers – the cloud, as attractive as it is, can’t do everything. (At least not yet.) But the list of objections to going outside for your computing needs is rapidly shrinking, and we’re going to talk a bit about what’s next.
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