The Business-Centric Data Center - Backbone of the Human Centric Intelligent Society Tweet
The way ICT creates value is fundamentally changing
In the past, you had to adapt to be able to use ICT. You had to go to a computer, and provide it with the context it needed to supply you with information.
But now, with incredible technological advances, ICT has gained the power to create knowledge and proactively help people make decisions and take the best action. Information comes to you, when and in the way that you need it.
Our values as a company, the big social challenges we face and the changing paradigm of ICT, all come together to inspire our vision of a Human Centric Intelligent Society.
Human Centric Intelligent Society Tweet
We envisage a world where people are free to achieve their full potential and instinctively feel secure and in control, where knowledge is continually harnessed to drive new value and support sustainable growth.
Think about driving. It is now possible to bring together a diverse set of information sources, from a car’s GPS location data, to roadside sensors, to public local information feeds and even social networks. The potential is to provide a much richer experience to you as a driver, relevant to your needs and in real time. For instance, learn exactly what the traffic is doing ahead of time and how to avoid it; where to find the nearest available parking space; when and where to refuel; where to find a shop or a restaurant.
And, all the time taking account of your unique preferences, based on your past choices, to provide the best and most relevant advice. In other words, to support you in your journey, almost without you having to think.
The Data Center: The Backbone of the Human Centric Intelligent Society Tweet
To achieve the Human Centric Intelligent Society, the data center must respond to the needs of the organization in a timely, efficient and cost effective manner. For the data center to be an asset, and not a success blocker, it must deliver the services that enable the business to succeed.
The services provided by a business-centric data center are:
- Clearly defined
- Delivered at optimal costs
- Rapidly deployable
- With high availability levels
- They also conform to:
- Applicable compliance regulations
- Relevant data privacy
- Respective security standards.
That’s a tall order.
Right IT infrastructure
In the past, IT infrastructures consisted of silos. This meant that the accompanying business processes were fragmented and not well aligned. The situation improved with the advent of virtualization which pooled and automated the available resources. The virtualization era culminated in the cloud which gave companies new levels of flexibility and transparency.
In order to achieve a business-centric data center, it is necessary for business processes to be constantly evolving. Achieving such an outcome means that it is totally possible to have a mixture of silos, pooled resources and cloud which are automated according to the needs of the business.
Business-Centric Data Center
The key task for a business-centric data center is to underpin business results such as enterprise growth, optimizing costs, reducing risks, etc. To do this the data center must:
- Deliver optimized business solutions
- Improve IT management, governance and organization
- Reduce IT costs
- Build a flexible IT infrastructure
- Enhance usage of information and analytics
The key point though, is that regardless of the business sector, all business goals directly influence IT requirements and therefore the data center.
CIO: A Tough Job
The CIO has three different roles to play: change agent, efficiency driver and service deliverer. They also need to:
- Modernize the IT
- Support innovation to enable new business ideas, as well as new systems to support growth
- Deal with uncertain business environments
- Cope with data explosion
- Time and resource pressures
And, that is just the start. To make a tough job even tougher, CIOs also face the problem that departments source services from outside the IT organization. This has to be avoided with transparent management including external cloud services.
Aligning Trends & Technologies
The CIO is being asked to make sure that the data center is agile, efficient, scalable, consolidated, secure, innovative…but there’s more: there are also trends like cloud, big data, mobile and social media to consider. How do they apply to the CIO’s organization? In addressing them, companies can choose among countless technologies such as integrated solutions, automation tools, HPC, in-memory databases and many more. Sounds challenging? It certainly is. The difficulty lies is aligning the right business priority with the right topic and the right technology.
Critical IT Choices
In order to make things even more complex for the CIO, there are some more aspects to consider. Should the IT infrastructure be:
- On or off-site?
- Self-managed or externally managed?
- Silo, virtualized or cloud? Or maybe mixed?
Just, what is the right approach?
Fujitsu’s Strategic Value Assessment Tweet
The best way of getting a business-centric data center is to adopt a value assessment methodology that looks at the triggers and drivers for your individual business. Only once these have been pin-pointed can you then examine the existing infrastructure, activities, software and service agreements. Now, you’re ready to make the right choices in terms of technology, integrated solutions or consumption options. Following such a path is the best way to reach your business outcomes.
Your options to achieving a Business-Centric Data Center Tweet
There are a number of building blocks to your business-centric data center. These are technology, integrated solutions and consumption options.
Technology is about servers, networks and storage. Depending on the application you’re using, there are 3 basic server options:
- Industry standard
- Efficiency optimized
- Mission critical
- Highly reliable
- Application optimized
- Best reliability
- Security optimized
There are many different network technologies available: Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet, and many more. What is required is a dynamic fabric which beside its bare metal components also covers software defined networking and allows the use of various technologies in parallel.
With data growing at explosive rates, storage is a key topic. One storage system serves many workloads such as databases, OLTP, files, mail, analytics, backup, etc. How can you serve these diverse requirements in terms of data speed, capacity, and reliability— at reasonable costs? The solution is a business-centric storage system which manages the quality of service.
Integrated solutions are the answer to the challenges faced in many IT organizations that are looking for a solution as fast as possible and at minimum risk.
For these organizations, factory-integrated infrastructure solutions reducing complexity in the design, build, operate and maintenance phase are ideal. All the solution components — servers, storage, network and the infrastructure management software — come completely pre-integrated and pre-tested.
Integrated lifecycle management not only supports fast implementation. What’s even more important, it guarantees the consistency of all solution components over the complete solution lifecycle across updates and upgrades.
By implementing an integrated system, customers benefit from less implementation risk, which accelerates the introduction of the solution (e.g. a private cloud infrastructure) and from less maintenance efforts which significantly increase the infrastructure’s operating time.
Transitioning to the cloud is a complex journey. It is often marked by various commercial and technical challenges and risks. Therefore, it is essential to have a trusted, experienced partner at your side. You need a partner who can help you chart a roadmap that is as unique as the business outcomes you desire.
We, at Fujitsu, draw on one of the strongest cloud portfolios in the industry and the experience we have gained successfully delivering over 2000 cloud projects worldwide. Using our experience we will advise you on the right cloud solutions for your organization. We fuse the various platforms you deploy for a more intelligent user experience. Furthermore, we support you with the professional and managed services you need.
In order to achieve these goals, Fujitsu draws on:
- Over 100 data centers located in 19 countries
- 8 Global Delivery Centers (GDCs)
- Number 1 Japanese-owned IT services company with 30+ year track record in managing IT service delivery
Fujitsu - Your Ideal Business-Centric Data Center Partner Tweet
When it comes to building your business-centric data center, Fujitsu has set itself the following goals:
- To deliver a business-centric data center that has the flexibility and agility to reach your business outcomes while reducing costs
- To achieve the optimal and sustainable data center environment for your business while minimizing risks
In order to do so, Fujitsu draws on its global footprint based on global alliances that allow us to deliver products, solutions and services, worldwide.