Changing Trends in Data Center Procurement

Changing Trends in Data Center Procurement

Data Center ProcurementThe days have gone when IT firms used to partner with a single strategic vendor for end-to-end data services. These days, expectations from IT related decision makers are very high. They are expected to make decisions that take into account the quality of technology, cost, as well as account for capabilities, all in the context of delivering business solutions. In pursuit of meeting the objectives, modern data centers are embracing a huge variety of support and Data Center Procurement alternatives, which were almost disregarded in the past, including multi-vendor environment, pre-owned equipment, and third party maintenance. But, the question is how prevalent are these approaches? What  roles are the procurement and IT  departments taking in affecting these changes? The answer lies ahead.

What are the Key Findings?

  • Last two years have seen a huge growth in maintenance alternatives and pre-owned equipment.
  • 92% of users use third-party maintenance, pre-owned equipment, and multi-vendor infrastructure.
  • 60% IT companies have increased the use of multi-vendor infrastructure, third-party maintenance or pre-owned equipment in 2015, and around 54% have planned to amp it up in 2016.
  • There has been an increase in maintenance alternatives and pre-owned equipment due to unfavorable circumstances. New technologies enabling flexible architectures, availability of better alternatives and the need for negotiating power – all these have driven the growth in the last few years.
  • Most of the equipment purchasers want choice and flexibility – 90% think they can reap benefits in the third-party maintenance of data center equipment including optimized spending, vendor flexibility, and lower costs.
  • 96% of people can see the advantages in retaining vendor flexibility, minimizing the risk of vendor lock-in and optimized spending.
  • Around 42% of IT, firms are of the opinion that the procurement processes are getting better and about 14% think they are getting worse. IT decision makers value those staff, who bring in positive changes in financial situation and technology.unified-infrastructure_data center procurement

Omnipresence of Non-traditional Data Center Procurement Environments

The data center procurement environments of today have moved away from the conventional single-vendor approach, which persuades them to switch to a single OEM for support and purchasing. Survey says that almost all the IT companies (around 90%) have reported the use of third party maintenance, multi-vendor approach and pre-owned equipment in their data centers.

Non-traditional approaches are still used extensively. Around 53% (more than half) use the old or pre-used equipment. Two out of three use third party maintenance alternatives, while the use of multi-vendor equipment is quite common and was reported to be close to 85%. Different types of equipment require altogether different approach. For instance, networking equipment is most likely to go for a third party maintenance than for a multi-vendor approach.

Poor Purchase Decisions and Outside Influences

Even when there are reports of IT decision makers taking the wrong steps, statistics indicate that the situation is improving slowly. Almost all IT decision makers at some point make purchasing decisions for their data centers due to certain influencing reasons like – vendor requirements, internal policies, and purchasing procedures. As per a survey, some IT giants revamped their equipment, even before it was required based on vendor requirement (55%) and internal policies (52%). More than half, around 56% opine that the standard purchasing procedure has prompted them to make an IT purchase, even though it was not a right decision for the budget and technology needs of the business.

How 2016 will be a Room for More Growth?

Companies have started embracing the non-traditional approach to data center procurement support and purchasing. However, there is still some room for more. More than half (55%) still make use of single-vendor approach for many components in their data centers, with the networking equipment scoring high, while servers and storage faring low. The enormous level of growth in support and purchasing alternatives is evident in all areas. Third party maintenance and multi-vendor approaches will see a big jump in 2016, with Europe witnessing the highest growth in multivendor environments.

 

Reasons Why Your Organization Should Move to Private Cloud Computing

Reasons Why Your Organization Should Move to Private Cloud Computing

When your organization plans to adopt cloud computing, you generally think of public cloud. It is offered by many big companies these days. But if you opt for public cloud then you will have to share your infrastructure or applications through the internet with millions of users across the world. Some organizations cannot move directly to public cloud due to various security and other reasons. Thus, they have the option of private cloud. A Private Cloud Computing allows any organization to build the infrastructure on their own by using their personal servers or they can also involve a third party to build the server for them.

  1. Private cloud computing saves your time and money: Private cloud not only offers you complete security and many virtualization benefits. But, it is also cheap and is a stress-free process as compared to buying dedicated servers or buying your own servers. Your company can very easily benefit from virtualization if it has two servers, and from providing cloud with various host servers if it has more than 10 servers.
  2. More reliability: Private cloud offers that reliability level, which public or shared cloud often lacks. The Private cloud offers improved services that are supported by more reliable and acceptable network backbones.
  3. More security: As the private cloud belongs to a single organization, so the infrastructure and system are capable of providing the high level of security.
  4. Virtual servers joint with a SAN allow for better safety against disasters: When SAN is connected to your private cloud then it can do wonders for your organization. Apart from balancing servers for you, it can also help you to shut down one server. In case you own more than one and that too without any interruption. You can also perform other activities without any interruption like replacing a hard drive, updating software etc.
  5. Improves performance: Usually private cloud is arranged inside the firewall of the company’s intranet, so you experience effective and improved network performance.
  6. Improves resource management by fully utilizing your hardware: Virtualization uplifts the value of your physical server software. In spite of owning many servers that average 10% CPU utilization with virtualization, you can virtualize all these servers on a single physical server. This way it becomes easier for you to manage and also power usage gets reduced. If you have an organized and proper resource management tools available on your server then you can very easily a lot the suitable resources to a server when it is required. You may also turn off idle servers at the time of low usage.
  7. Easy customization: Under the private cloud, the hardware and all other resources can be customized easily by the company as per its needs and changes in technology.
  8. Better flexibility: Private cloud computing helps you to transfer resources in few seconds without worrying about finding a physical server, which will have the accurate resources for your new server requirement.

Apart from offering virtualized and combined computer resources benefits, private cloud also helps an organization in maintaining the reliability and security of a dedicated server. If managed properly, private cloud computing can prove to be very economical and beneficial process.

If you have any query related to private cloud services or adoption of private cloud then you can contact us at breeze-telecom.