Data centers are the centralized repositories that are used for storage, and management & categorization of data pertaining to particular organization. It’s a traditional market but has shown some remarkable growth in the last couple of years especially with Data Center Automation. Globally this Market is expected to reach $9.71 billion by 2020.

It has become a high-priority investment for IT organizations today. In the coming years we should expect some major disruption in this domain. Let’s try to analyze some points which will affect the growth of Data Center Automation domain in the next 12 or more months.

Focus on Data Storage and Management

One of the biggest shifts which we will observe in 2017 is that people will shift their focus from enhancing the computational power, to address the need of storage, especially with Big Data coming into the picture. We will also observe the increase in adoption of data analytic tools which has flooded the market last year. On the hardware side, flash based devices will dominate the market. Enterprises will adopt all-flash architectures to improve their storage performance and eliminate silos.

These technological developments will significantly improve storage performance and will reduce the operational costs. This will also empower the development of next generation storage solutions, addressing the need of distribute storage resources and putting data as close as possible to where it’s needed.

End of On-Premise data center

The complexity of building and managing an on premise data center is exceedingly very high. It has outpaced the ability of an IT department to manage it. Enterprises have now realized the value of mixed platforms. They have started adopting hybrid cloud approach for their storing their critical and non-critical data. I believe this approach will not only prevail, but will become the standard for enterprise IT.

This shift will put enterprises in a difficult situation where they have already invested heavily in an On-Premise data center but are facing tough time in managing it. Different vendors have recognized this pain area are hence are coming up with solutions that will made it easier for enterprises to migrate and balance workloads across On-Premise and cloud domains. Many storage vendors are now integrating private, public and hybrid cloud features to their products so that their customers can take full advantages of both the world.

Solving the complexity of hybrid approach

Finally steps are taken to solve the inherent complexity of the hybrid approach. Virtualization technology has solved many infrastructure related challenges, and hence Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) is a reality now.

Enterprises are now using sophisticated data analytics and business-level automation tools to manage application workloads. These tools enable organizations to define the policies in a pure business terms by which they want their digital systems to be monitored, managed and measured, so that IT can deliver what businesses wants in whatever way they want.

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