There are changes happening in the modern data center world. New technologies are allowing administrators to create powerful, custom, platforms capable of delivering resources to a diverse group of applications and users. Agnostic, or commodity, data centers are no longer limited to giants like Facebook, Google or Amazon. Now, organizations are leveraging converged systems, off-the-shelf gear, and powerful virtual services to control a new data center model.
So what does the agnostic data center really look like? Here are some characteristics:
- Software-defined technologies. These new logical technologies are helping abstract hardware components and allow powerful logical controllers to manage these resources. The amazing thing is that this is happening at the network, storage, compute and even data center layers. This is where a true commodity data center can be realized. To the virtual controller – it doesn’t matter what type of hardware you have underneath – all it wants to see is the resources. From there, powerful policies can help push those resources to appropriate applications, users and workloads.
- Next-generation data center management (DCIM, DCOS). Data center control must involve all key aspects of the modern data center. This means keeping an eye on the health of your data center systems including – power, cooling, capacity management, physical security, and much more. Remember, DCIM and the newest Data Center Operating System (DCOS) can now integrate into other management and even hypervisor systems.
- Automation (logical and physical). Data center automation has really come a long way. We now have powerful software tools capable of controlling entire workload, application and data delivery processes. We also have the growing concept of robotics in the data center. The reality is that in the near future – you’ll start to see commodity systems with a lot of automation built in around it.
- Creating the agnostic cloud. Connect to any cloud, any time — completely transparently. For the end-user, this is golden. The idea here is to introduce a model where virtual controllers help manage the entire cloud computing process. This means seamless transitioning between cloud models, data centers and even entire applications.
Check out the full article here on NetworkComputing! Remember, when creating your next-generation data center platform – always take both the logical and physical side of technology into consideration.