“The news about my death was an exaggeration,” Mark Twain said seven years after the announcement of his death.
Five years ago, IDC analysts also announced an “imminent death” – the data center owned and operated by organizations, as a result of the accelerated adoption of Cloud services.
“Death” was not recorded, however, and the denial came from other analysis companies. For example, AFCOM, a global organization that brings together over 4,500 data center specialists, estimates that in 2019 and 2020 there will be an increase in the number of data centers investing in renovation and refurbishment projects.
Another example is the Spiceworks professional community, which in the “2019 State of Servers” study shows that 98% of European and North American companies continue to use their in-house owned and operated servers to run critical business processes, while 72% anticipate the acquisition of new servers.
The number of evidence that invalidate the IDC verdict steadily increases. This demonstrates that – although undoubtedly the adoption of Cloud public services is expanding – organizations have understood that not every business process “is fit” for cloud migration.
This conclusion is also verified at local level, where the data center market is on an upward trend. Fueled by the new Data Centers in use and the expansion and refurbishment projects of the existing facilities, on the one hand, and on the other hand by investments made in increasing the infrastructure performance – either by upgrading their own centers or by migrating into hosting centers.
These are work scenarios found in Datanet Systems’ project portfolio, the company being one of the few local system integrators able to guarantee the availability, security and performance of the data center infrastructure operated by its customers.
Upgrade at Data Center level
For example, Banca Romaneasca has invested in refurbishing the data center through an upgrade of the entire Data Center infrastructure and expanding the use of virtualization solutions to maximize the use of hardware resources, as well as a cost reduction with these resources.
The upgrade has generated a series of immediate operational gains:
- Simplification and automation of application level resource allocation processes, use of the new monitoring features, dynamic analysis and allocation, ensuring an optimal server load (50-60%);
- Shortening the time required to test and launch new services and features in production;
- Reduced maintenance effort by reducing the number of racks by five times;
- Reduce backup time by about 50%.
All these advantages have ensured over 50% increase in performance at data processing applications, with direct effects on employee and process productivity.
Last but not least, through the use of centralized management tools and integrated automation processes in the new architecture implemented by Datanet, an increase in process and service availability levels of up to 99.99% has been achieved.
(The technical details of the IT architecture designed and implemented by Datanet are available HERE)
Double impact through relocation and network upgrades
The second business scenario – the migration of its own IT infrastructure into a hosting center – is illustrated by the relocation process of Mega Image data center, accomplished by Datanet specialists. The migration was performed in parallel with the WAN upgrade (by switching to a Layer 2 infrastructure) in order to increase the performance of business applications and processes.
The double objective required correlation and detailed planning of the each project’s specific stages. With this purpose, Datanet has also – along with preparing and realizing the relocation process phases – deployed and configured the new network infrastructure, ensuring it meets customer requirements by intensive testing of each configuration and monitoring traffic performance before and after routing effective applications and services.
The entire process of relocation and migration was accomplished within the allocated timeframe, being strictly followed by planning and without generating any disruptions at operational level within the retailer’s network of stores.
The main benefits obtained by Mega Image, following the data center relocation process and network upgrades, consisted of:
- Decreasing the IT department’s load level;
- Improving infrastructure availability as well as services provided by the hosting center;
- Increasing the network’s redundancy and scalability levels;
- Creating an infrastructure capable of supporting and facilitating further business development.
(You can read HERE the extended presentation of project results and the benefits of Mega Image following the relocation and network upgrade process.)
The key criteria in identifying a partner
Increasing the performance of on-premises Data Centers through their technological upgrades, as well as relocating their own infrastructure within hosting facilities, are decisions with major and lasting effects on the business. That’s why planning and implementation requires identifying a partner who not only has the necessary technological skills, but also actual experience in this field. Datanet meets both conditions, having the advantage of knowing in detail the specific issues and being able to manage end-to-end the process, regardless of its size. Our specialists already in their portfolio several projects for companies in telecom, finance and banking, insurance, retail, central public administration institutions and other fields.
Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact us shall you require extended references about our projects or if you want to find out what solution is more suitable for your business and capable of increasing your data center’s efficiency.