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Accelerate data center transformation with modern infrastructure

For the past fifteen years, information technology has operated in a predictable manner. In order to automate critical business processes, companies have implemented bundled applications from authorized software providers. In turn, IT departments have focused most of their efforts on building and managing the infrastructure needed to run such applications, as well as developing the skills needed to deliver guaranteed levels of service across the business. to deliver. As a result, companies have invested heavily in infrastructure related to enterprise applications.

But this is all starting to change, especially with the rise of mobile devices, cloud computing, social media, the Internet of Things and other innovative forces, where the way applications are created, deployed and used has changed dramatically. To gain digital revenue streams, develop smarter products and deliver dramatically improved experiences that customers expect, companies have had to undergo a major transformation. All of this must be done while reducing costs and improving the performance of legacy applications and the infrastructure they run on.

The only way to achieve both goals – innovation and improvement – ​​is to transform the technology we use to deliver IT services. This starts with reducing the cost and effort of managing legacy automation software packages – so IT can shift its resources to other transformative aspects of the business.

A dilemma facing IT managers

The tension that arises between updating as quickly as possible is a challenge for most companies. To succeed on both fronts, IT leaders understand that they must undergo a major transformation across the organization, from reassessing infrastructure investments inside and outside the organization, to increasing commitment to delivering IT as a service. In most cases, this is a new field, and many are looking for guidelines to navigate as effectively as possible.

The modern data center starts with the infrastructure

The first step toward supporting often-conflicting IT priorities is to modernize the components of the infrastructure upon which IT is built, or rather to become a future-ready data center. In the past, IT departments built their infrastructure and purchased their applications, but now they are increasingly looking to reverse this paradigm. They want to buy simple, easy-to-deploy infrastructure platforms on which they can quickly build and manage critical business applications that differentiate their business, while providing a platform for deploying next-generation applications.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) allows both. IaaS technology allows companies to avoid the cost and complexity of provisioning and managing their infrastructure. Instead, the infrastructure is maintained and supported by third-party vendors, allowing IT teams to stay focused on other priorities that can move the business forward. IaaS solutions also enable organizations to:

● Significantly reduce the cost of providing and maintaining infrastructure.

● Improving business continuity and disaster recovery by ensuring the availability of infrastructure after outages or disasters.

● Accelerate market access by providing additional computing power and storage, and deliver virtual machines in minutes or hours instead of days or weeks.

● Continue to focus on growing the business, rather than maintaining the IT infrastructure.

● Easily scale up or down as demand rises and falls.

Despite all these benefits, many organizations do not feel comfortable moving certain workloads to the cloud. On-premises infrastructure provides more security and control, especially in terms of data sovereignty, and can provide higher performance for workloads where lower latency is critical. To enable organizations to enjoy the benefits of public cloud and IaaS, they can opt for solutions such as Data Center as a Service, which brings the power of local IaaS capabilities to their primary data center and edge locations. Rather than making capital investments in hardware, storage, servers and staff to maintain them, organizations can quickly and easily provision IaaS resources as needed, paying only for the infrastructure services they consume.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings enable organizations to access a portion of a unified pool of resources to create and use infrastructure as needed. This reduces the time and cost of separately purchasing, deploying, configuring and managing hardware and software components, accelerating the time value of your IT investment.

According to a report by Ariston, a consulting and intelligence firm, the data center market size in Saudi Arabia will show a CAGR of more than 7.85% between 2020 and 2026. As governments and companies move forward with their digital transformation agendas, there is a growing need to move from server room operations to data center services such as managed services, co-location and hybrid infrastructure. In addition, various initiatives related to smart cities across the Kingdom are expected to increase investment and implement modern and future-ready data centers.

It all starts with companies and IT teams heading towards the transformation process thanks to rapid digitization and market opportunities. Models associated with technology infrastructure will continue to evolve exponentially, and new skills, tools and resources will come into play. Dell Technologies and Intel, in collaboration with their partners, are working to support organizations and companies in the Kingdom with comprehensive offerings and solutions, to enable these organizations to achieve the success they seek in the digital future we are heading towards road is Evolution has no end – it is as constant as innovation – but there is a beginning. This is how the modern data center will be built.

By: Lorenzo Lumasi, Vice President, Sales Services, Middle East, Turkey, Africa and Eastern, Central and Northern Europe, Dell Technologies

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