A recent survey conducted by Dell finds that 98 percent of Indian IT decision makers (ITDM) feel data center management is important to their companies.
Sixty six percent of ITDMs participated in the survey felt that Mobility is the most important technology trend to their organization; followed by Big Data (65 percent) and Cloud Computing (63 percent)
While 53 percent of ITDMs stated that they will be investing in Cloud Computing in the next one year; followed by Mobility (41 percent), 68 percent of Indian organizations have already deployed software defined storage solutions.
Dell survey also found that 74 percent of ITDMs were very concerned ‘Security, Compliance and Data Protection’ issues in their organization; 59 percent were concerned with managing opex.
According to Manish Gupta, director, Enterprise Solutions Group – Dell India, organizations in India have been at the forefront of technology adoption. They understand the need for more efficient, scalable IT infrastructure and the direct co-relation it has to business productivity.
According to the survey, many organizations aspire to hyperscale IT similar to Facebook and Amazon to gain the flexibility and efficiency these companies are able to build into their data centers. These data centers are constructed to scale with the demands of specific web front-end applications.
Survey results indicate 90 percent of ITDMs are interested in making IT work like hyperscale types. Seventy seven percent of ITDMs see operational efficiencies as an important benefit of hyperscale computing while 59 percent felt that it is a low cost investment.
Most Indian companies (62 percent) felt that management was a barrier to their adoption of hyperscale computing. According to the survey, data center Management should be remote and less complex. Automation and simplicity in the data center are the key factors driving data center management.
In Dell survey, 98 percent of ITDMs felt that Data center management is most important out of which 81 percent companies stated it as being “very important” while 55 percent of ITDMs are concerned about their ability to address data center issues quickly.
Sixty five percent of ITDMs said they are able to manage their data centers remotely while 75 percent ITDMs felt that reducing operational complexity will make data center management simpler. For most of them, ability to optimize applications and performance are most important.
As businesses continue to run more data-intensive applications such as real-time analytics, low-latency, access to data becomes even more critical. IT Decision makers have often been negatively impacted by performance issues while running applications and are prioritizing reductions in operational and complexity and simplification.
In India, Business Processing is seen as the most important workload (63 percent) for Indian companies; followed by virtualization (60 percent). Also 80 percent of ITDMs are running a mixture of traditional business and emerging application types.
Among the survey participants, 74 percent of ITDMs see improved management as the most important benefit received from integrated systems while 50 percent of ITDMs felt that Optimizing applications and performance to meet business objectives is most important to them in deciding what workloads or applications to run in your environment.
Also, 90 percent of ITDMs felt that there is a need for an IT structure that will tailor infrastructure to specific applications and workloads
In India, converged Infrastructure is gaining prominence; increased deployment in India. Improved performance, perceived lower operating expenditures, greater IT optimization, increased automation and simplified sourcing are driving the adoption of Converged Infrastructure in the market. It also eliminates the hassle of managing multiple hardware and software equipment.
This has been instrumental in the increased adoption of Converged Infrastructure globally. In India, 38 percent of ITDMs have stated that 25 – 49 percent of their IT infrastructure is converged. Also, 66 percent of ITDMs see their converged infrastructure as a percentage of their overall infrastructure increasing
Application performance (80 percent) and Ease of Management (79 percent) are seen as the most important advantage of converged infrastructure, says the survey.