Thoughts from the Gartner Data Center and IT Operations Summit

This week saw some really exciting insights come out of the Gartner Data Center & IT Operations Summit. The buzzwords from the conference were: ITaaS, Management, Service Catalog, Convergence, Fabric, Efficiency, Agility, BigData, Virtual, Cloud and Next-Generation.

We, at EvoSwitch like to stay on top of the latest industry trends and what’s happening in the industry so we can make sure we take the key learnings and compare them to our own practices. So, what are the trends from this year’s conference?

It seemed the top ten trends for 2012, according to David Cappucio who is the VP of Research at Gartner, were very similar to 2011 with only legacy migration leaving to let tablet enter the list. Another change this year was the sudden growth in mergers and acquisitions which looks set to continue into the New Year – this year saw the IT vendor space changing rapidly as companies look to software for bigger margins and reach into new areas to grow revenue. Cisco, IBM, HP and Oracle were put forward as examples of this: HP into networking, Oracle’s purchase of Sun and Cisco in the server market.

The biggest insight from the conference was around the value of the storage and datacenter industry and its growth this year:

–          Worldwide server shipments grew by seven percent in Q3 2011

–          Spending on data center hardware to reach $99 Billion in 2011

–          Worldwide spending set to surpass $126.2 Billion in 2015

–          Largest size of data centers (those with more than 500 racks) will increase their spending from 20% to 25%

It looks like there is huge growth in the industry for servers, storage and enterprise datacenter networking with the highest increase being from the storage market.  Great news for us as we continue expanding our presence across Europe and America – keep an eye out for big news next year! The event highlighted that the growth is said to be driven by the cloud and the shift from internal datacenter provision to external.

Another interesting insight that we also agree with came from Jon Hardcastle, research director at Gartner who stated: “Traditional inhouse enterprise data centers are under attack from three sides. Firstly, virtualization technologies are helping companies to utilize their infrastructure more effectively, inhibiting overall system growth. Secondly, datacenters are getting more efficient, leading to higher system deployment densities and inhibiting demand for floor space. Thirdly, the move to consolidated third-party datacenters is reducing the overall number of midsize data-centers. Meanwhile, the largest data centerclass is, of course, benefitting from the rise of cloud computing.” This is nothing new; we’re definitely seeing an increase in enterprise customers using our efficient, carbon neutral datacenters.

Energy saving was a further subject of interest as it is the fastest growing cost in the datacenter industry! Gartner analysts advised on several approaches on how to prolong the life of a datacenter. Strategies for saving energy include increasing rack density and using server refreshes alongside plumbing for chilled water cooling. We agree that a standard datacenter requires great amounts of energy, that’s why we have designed and installed environmentally sustainable technologies in cooperation with TNO, allowing our datacenter to fully operate on a CO2 neutral basis. The energy saving IT systems have also lowered our PUE to 1.2, in turn reducing housing costs for our customers. It doesn’t stop there though – we continuously upgrade our systems with the best and greenest technology available to lower our PUE even further.

So it seems, based on the trends coming out of the Gartner Summit, we’re ahead of the game offering cost-effective and sustainable technology to our customers. Do you agree with what the top trends from the summit are? Is this something you’re seeing? – we’d love to hear from you so please get in touch with any questions or comments.

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