Data center design is a much-pursued topic, and many agree it’s as much art as it is science. Companies spend millions every year on consultants who promise the most efficient and reliable data center possible. But the truth is that problems related to data are too formidable to be tamed so easily.
Here’s a short discussion on challenges are faced in data center design, and why cloud computing can offer a viable solution.
The importance of a facility that stores and manages data can’t be overstated. But the real questions is, should you be doing this on your own? Tempting as the prospect is, consider that a data center is fraught with serious challenges that are beyond most businesses. For instance, you can buy and install cutting-edge hardware solutions, but most of the time the resources in a server are idle. This, combined with fast upgrade cycles in modern tech will soon lead to an impossible budget.
Perhaps the greatest problem with building your own data center is that you can never predict load cycles. Almost always, the installed capacity is either too much or too little, depending on the business activity at the moment. Finding the golden mean, then, is too difficult.
Cloud to the rescue
That’s where virtual data centers save the day. Why do you bother about hardware costs, upgrades and system downtime nightmares? Let the vendor take care of it and you focus on what you do best. At the same time, cloud computing brings great flexibility in upgrading or downgrading resources on the fly, providing a near-perfect solution to meeting fluctuating demand.
A cloud-based data center may have its shortcomings, but it’s as close to perfection as you’re going to get with present-day technology.