It’s hard to ignore the changes underway within enterprise data centers. Perhaps it is still slideware for the most part or simply enthusiastic data center managers promoting their longer term plans, but it seems as though every enterprise is fully absorbed in major re-dos of their IT deployment. While the enterprise is focused on business issues and is leaving it to the pros to guide them through the changes, no IT professional is sure where these changes are leading them, but overall, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for IT visionaries is in reality a pot of gold for the enterprise. Pundits argue that all the talk about hybrid IT and the benefits of transition to cloud computing are simply new paint on an old building. We have all been down this path before and it’s all part of the cyclical nature of IT. Every decade or so, the pendulum swings far out into the world of distributed processing before the pendulum swings with just as much movement the other way returning to the world of centralized processing. In a Forbes Tech article published in October, 2017, featuring work undertaken by Forrester Research, Top 10 Technology Trends To Watch: Forrester Research, the most eye-catching observation and attributed to Forrester suggests, “We are in the information technology equivalent of the Stone Age!”
As rough as this conclusion may sound, it does set the scene for what Forbes looks at today. For instance, it notes that we are “in the dawning phase, a few innovators experiment with new technology-enabled business models and exploit emerging technologies.” And then, as we transition to “the awareness phase, change agents leverage the accelerating returns of evolving technology to steal customers, improve the bottom line, and inflict massive impacts on industries.”
Perhaps more intriguing is the subsequent observation by Forbes of how, “Firms in the vanguard of this trend will use edge computing to build distributed applications that close the gap between data, insight, and action, and will engage customers more quickly and squeeze new efficiencies out of their processes. Exploiting computing power on the edge will give them an actual edge. It is another phase in the continuous pendulum swing between centralized computing and distributed computing.”
Yes, that pendulum keeps swinging and it is a real challenge to all CIOs and data center managers not to sit astride this wrecking ball mounted at the end of the pendulum and ride it recklessly to the very extremity of the pendulums swing. But in this case, perhaps the CIOs aren’t being as cavalier as they may be perceived. As Forbes notes, with reference to our penchant for new technologies, this time we should be aware of how, “Systems of engagement will be in the cloud, and firms will migrate systems of insight and even systems of record to join them. We’ve reached the tipping point for public cloud: Most companies won’t be able to build out a data center to match cloud’s public capabilities or efficiency. Even 30-year IT veterans are increasingly willing to shutter their data centers.”
With every swing of the pendulum and with the appearance of every new technology, there is movement. Data and files need to be moved to one place or another and just as often, be moved back close to where the data was originally located. Furthermore, the demands of institutions, both public and private, for access to information aren’t lessening with the changes in technology but are increasing dramatically – even more agencies are coming to the fore with requests for information. Data continues to stream out of, and into, the world’s vast array of IT infrastructure so much so that without flexibility and openness, and the ability to automate, re-direct and even transform, data center managers will be overwhelmed.
“This isn’t coming as a shock to us here at DataExpress or to those in the NonStop community already deploying DataExpress NonStop (DXNS),” said Billy Whittington, CEO of DataExpress. “We too are in the awareness phase, watching the evolution of file transfer across all of IT and when it comes to NonStop users, there isn’t really anything discouraging us from looking at doing a lot more with DXNS to better support the changes under way, particularly when it comes to embracing cloud computing. Firstly, cloud computing really isn’t anything new nor is the idea that hybrid IT is a combination of traditional computing and something more elastic as is the case with clouds. We have seen variations of this compute model for decades and it has always led to more data being needed to be moved and this remains our sweet spot.”
In upcoming webinars planned by DataExpress in combination with its sales partner, comforte, “We will be talking a lot about how DXNS is assisting in this move to cloud computing along with the interest in hybrid IT,” said Whittington. “But for now, the most important aspect remains maximizing the degree to which file movement can be automated, secured, tracked and yes, scale out to where there’s no practical limits to how many files can be moved, noted Whittington, “DataExpress has yet to hit a wall with volume!” Meanwhile, DataExpress is closing in on the streaming of data “which is something we are not afraid of doing and where the challenges such a level of integration poses will be looked at more closely with our DataExpress Open Platform (DXOP) product that is undergoing a major upgrade right now!”
Look for more information about the upcoming webinars as we will begin promoting the first webinar shortly. We may very well be in the stone age, moving from the dawning phase to the awareness phase, as Forbes and Forrester observed, but it is never too early to capitalize on better ways to support the enterprise in its pursuit of business. If you would like to know more about the upcoming webinar or want more information on DXNS and DXOP, then email or call us or our sales partner comforte as we would be only too happy to discuss the specifics of any of your requirements. And don’t forget, the need for access to your information is only going to increase and with DataExpress, you will be fully prepared and ready for the changes to come.