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The Evolution of the Data Centre

Technology moves at a rapid pace and Data Centre’s are proving to be a critical part of modern software technology, helping to support the increasing ICT demands being placed on businesses.

Many years ago we were content to run with discrete servers consuming rack after rack, drawing massive amounts of power and generating so much heat we could keep buildings warm in the coldest of winters.

Today we have adopted virtualisation. Data virtualisation is the process of designing, developing and deploying a Data Centre on virtualisation and cloud computing technologies. Driving up efficiency in operations, speeding up the time it takes to deliver new services and lowering our physical and environmental impact on the business.

These virtualisation stacks are almost entirely made from separate server, hypervisor and compute layers, all from different manufacturers converging to become a single operational model. Converged infrastructure such as the vBlock or FlexPod models, is deployed across almost all sectors of industry and are extremely flexible allowing them to be tailored exactly to your needs.  

Whilst they are extremely efficient at what they do, often the complexity involved in deploying and operating them can introduce their own inefficiencies.

With these complexities arising, a new player arrives on the scene; the public cloud. Businesses are turning to public cloud for workloads that require flexibility, the ability to expand and contract on demand with almost limitless scale and consumed on a pay as you use model.

Over the past year we have seen the mass adoption of public cloud and have watched our clients hunger for these types of systems. Pay as you consume models have seen that a full public cloud model is very unlikely to work for anyone but those with simple needs. There is still, and most likely for the foreseeable future, a requirement for on premise Data Centre’s to continue to operate.

The new players in the field are the hyper-converged systems. These one stop shops combine the hypervisor, compute and storage components into single units that can be scaled up or down as needed. These units are operated through simple interfaces that free the business from the requirement of specialised knowledge. They may be the new kids on the block but they pack a punch delivering features that previously were only available to the big boys with deep pockets. Make no mistake they are the future of our on premise DC’s and they are here to stay.

Features such as synchronised data across geographically remote Data Centre’s, once requiring significant investment in dark fibre, can now be achieved using commercial IP links. The evolution to moving the intelligence into the software stack and running on commodity hardware allows the possibility to connect to public clouds and have that elastic workload expand and contract as necessary.

Pinacl has partnered with the leader in hyper convergence, Nutanix, and with over 30 years of ICT knowledge and experience can bring these features and simplicity to our customers.

Imagine being able to remove the complexity of your underlying hardware, having limitless scalability and adding as you consume. By embracing the open source software, this allows you to reduce your reliance on partners such as VMware. One key advantage of hyper-converged stacks is the ability to install complete units within hours instead of days.

Pinacl offer Storage, Network and Compute solutions and employ a team of engineers with an extensive knowledge of the products and the complexities that can arise with the hyper-converged models.

If you are keen to see these new technologies in action and understand how your company could reduce operational effort and expenditure whilst reducing risk and improving service to your business, contact us today on 01745 535300 and ask to speak to one of our Infrastructure Specialists.