The infrastructure of a business is critical to its success. If the infrastructure is affected, it has an effect on the expenditure of the business and its reputation.
Besides, data accessibility is becoming an important driver of infrastructure decisions in Africa. The value of the data opens up new business opportunities and sets it apart as a digital enterprise.
Nigerian businesses want to have their own data centres, but this isn’t advisable due to the country’s irregular power supply and frequent power surges. This makes it expensive to keep their own data centres in operation. To ensure the level of IT service needed to conduct uninterrupted operations, it’s wiser to invest in a reputable ISP that will have sophisticated redundancy in place.
Let’s take a closer look at the data centre industry and what it could mean for your business.
Enterprise-defined data centres
The principle behind enterprise-defined data centres is that infrastructure and operational requirements should be defined by the key demands of the business, not the other way round. Practically speaking, this means that a business’s data centre solution should be tailored to meet its business objectives. Enterprise data-centre methodology is about bringing together the most beneficial combination of resources, traditional and next-generation, to deliver business services with as little wastage as possible. There’s nothing physically different about enterprise-defined data centres. Instead, it’s a fundamentally different method of approaching the way we think about selecting a data centre for an organisation.
Data centre colocation
Cloud solutions have become increasingly prevalent at home and in the office, and the dramatic savings they bring about in terms of costs and operations mean that this trend isn’t likely to go anywhere anytime soon. Consequently, the number of organisations outsourcing their data and infrastructure needs to data centres is increasing, which presents new opportunities for businesses looking to get the most value from their data centre solutions. Colocation data centres used to be popular for disaster recovery purposes, but they’re increasingly being used as a part of cloud solutions due to the potential cost savings and flexibility they offer. Bear in mind that you will need to carefully consider your data centre requirements before selecting a partner because some data centres might be better than others for catering to your unique needs.
Data Centre Infrastructure Management systems
For all the benefits that a data centre brings, it’s worth little if you aren’t monitoring your environment and using the data to inform your decisions. Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) systems provide an in-depth view of what goes on in your data centre in real time. Good DCIM systems include a dashboard, which presents all the most useful data to the user in an easy-to-read visual format. This helps you to get a detailed understanding of the way data moves in your environment. DCIM systems aren’t just useful for monitoring your usage, they’re an invaluable tool for forecasting future demands or predicting disasters before they happen.
As flexibility and agility become increasingly important data considerations, anything that makes it easier for organisations to scale their infrastructure on the fly is a valuable asset. Open-source software has already made its presence felt in many industries and many organisations today use open-source tools for numerous different tasks, thanks to the potential for cost savings and ease of use.
Now the trend is extending to physical hardware. Arguably, this is a trend that has been under way for a while, but it’s taking on a new dimension today. Now we can pick and choose hardware components for our IT solutions. In a few years, we might be doing the same on a chip level. Just imagine the results of using hardware that’s perfectly tailored to your company’s needs right down to a granular level.
The future of data centre technology is an exciting place to be and it will be interesting to see where it takes us in the future. Keep an eye on our blog for more technology trends or download our free brochure to find out more about our data centre solutions.