Back to the future – Infrastructure past and present

From the days of black and white tv’s and dial up phones to the world of the Apple iphone, Amazon Alexa and electric cars it is safe to say technology has advanced over the years, with the growing update of technology the data centre infrastructure has also had to be advanced and upgraded to cope with workloads. I am going to be discussing the traditional Data centre and its components, the use of Hyper Converged Platforms and the use of cloud Infrastructure.

Traditional Data Centre

The traditional data centre relies primarily on hardware and physical servers, allowing the right employees to access the businesses stored data and applications. The traditional legacy stack would include components such as Servers (traditionally VM ware) storage switch, storage share, back up, and an SSD array. Traditional data centres are limited by the size of the physical space in which the hardware is installed, the more hardware that is installed in the data centre the higher the running costs will be due to the amount of power, space and cooling systems used to make the hardware function correctly. Storage cannot be expanded beyond the physical limitation of the space that is on the server, this makes expansion limiting as hardware would need to be taken out and upgraded for more space on the server.

 

example of a legacy stack
traditional infrastrucuture example

Evolution of the data centre 

To reduce costs and to make the data centre more efficient Infrastructure companies such as Simplivity,Nutanix and EMC converge  the traditional legacy stack into a single 2u platform. Providing multisite data replication, disaster recovery and easy to scale nodes. Most organizations are now looking into these technologies to reduce data centre footprint as well as making there infrastructure less complex to manage due to the less GUI’s. Hyper converged infrastructure reduces costs due to a single licensing platform for components such as storage and back-up and recovery.

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Hyper converged infrastructure example

Evolution of the cloud

Between the 2000s the virtual data centre became revolutionary, the use of “the cloud” became popular amongst many organisations creating more flexible resources based on that organisations needs and demands. By 2011, about 72 percent of organizations adopted cloud into their data centre environment. We are now in 2018 and cloud technologies are very much part of our day to day lives, public cloud services are now popular with reports of around 1 million users using the amazon’s platform AWS, with very similar numbers using google platform and Microsoft azure. These service providers make pools of resources such as Virtual machines (VM’s) , applications and storage available over a pay per usage model.

Benefit of Public cloud

 

 

 

  • reduces the need for organizations to invest in and maintain their own on-premises IT resources
  • it enables scalability to meet workload and user demands
  • there are fewer wasted resources because customers only pay for the resources they use.

Private cloud

Some organizations are adopting the Private cloud model also known as internal or corporate cloud, this model is where a cloud service is provided over private infrastructure for a single organisation to use via internal resources. The companies’ IT department are held responsible to manage and maintain their own private cloud.

Benefits of Private cloud

  • Higher security and privacy
  • More control
  • Cost efficient

 

 

cloud infrastructure enviroment example
Cloud infrastructure Enviroment

With traditional data centres becoming extinct the use of cloud services and hyper converged infrastructure looking like the way forward, could your organization infrastructure do with an update are you getting tired of solving the same issues over and over again spending countless amount of hours looking into your dated infrastructure maybe it is time to solve some of these headaches you are having by taking a look into new technology? Look into some of the solutions we are currently working with to solve them infrastructure pain points.

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