Flexible, efficient data centres are now more vital than ever before, says Huawei’s Mr. Lauren Fan, President of Huawei Enterprise Business for East and Southern Africa.

A decade ago, enterprise level computing was highly focussed on driving efficiency within the data centre. At this time, the lion’s share of IT resources was often dedicated to the management and maintenance of on premise platforms designed to facilitate organisational productivity. Although ten years may not sound like a significant passage to most, in computing terms it represents a lifetime. Today, industry focus has shifted towards off premise solutions within the cloud environment, reducing attention previously afforded to more traditional offerings. Despite this, the vast majority of remote services are still provisioned within the data centre.

Although the emergence of cloud computing has made it possible for businesses to realise IT functions as an operating expense, rather than a significant capital investment, the reality is that intelligently constructed and well managed IT environments are now more vital than ever before. Now that business is beginning to broadly favour the outsourcing of vital computing tasks to external providers, the expectations associated with these services are beginning to shift. Today, efficient data centres are less focused on deriving value from long-term investment than they might have been in 2003. In fact, flexibility is of paramount importance. As outsourced IT environments begin to increasingly cater towards daily business requirements, so the capacity to expand and contract services offerings according to shifting demand has a vital component of success.

The continued growth of cloud services has been the driving force behind this change. Today, organisations are becoming increasingly sensitive to scalability within the IT environment, often citing this as a primary facilitator of growth. Indeed, operational efficiency and cloud readiness is of equal significance. There is little value in offering increased scaleability at the cost of overall service levels or ability to cater for new technology. With this in mind, Huawei Agile Data Centre focuses on delivering an integrated platform which is optimised for efficiency whilst providing a solid foundation for innovation. In essence, it is a combination of these two factors – flexibility and competence, which ultimately determines the success and effectiveness of data centres operating within the modern IT environment. Although cloud computing and remotely accessed organisational operations are presently at the forefront of industry attention it is vital that we neither underestimate nor forget the underlying infrastructure which makes these services a reality.

To this end, Huawei has launched its innovative distributed cloud data centre architecture which consists of three new products to help enterprises establish agile data centre to manage and address business transformation, and achieve the three key business needs of safeguarding information technology (IT) investments, achieving rapid expansion and maintaining operational excellence. The three products are the ManageOne Data Centre Management Solution, Micro Data Centre Solution and the Integrated Testing Cloud Solution. The newly launched solutions complement the existing data centre portfolio to help customers enhance flexibility, efficiency and agility in data centres.