DCN December 2016 - Page 20

modular systems WHY ONE SIZE DOESN’T NEED TO FIT ALL Organisations today have many more options when it comes to storing and managing their data and supporting their IT infrastructure. Laurence Baker of Keysource looks at how organisations can ensure they have a future ready solution and discusses the rise of the modular solution and the benefits it can bring. T en years ago there was no real outsourcing model in our sector and organisations had to build and run their own data centres. So they invested heavily and built huge facilities in anticipation of strong, predicted growth. In many cases the facilities were big, with highly resilient Tier 4 infrastructures, as they believed what they needed was 100 per cent availability and, above all, absolute protection against any data loss. Then the economic downturn happened. In some cases these decisions were made without properly considering their requirements. As a result, many have ended up with, at best, facilities that have been both expensive to construct and continue to be operationally complex and expensive to run. Early engagement By opting for a modular solution data centre owners can take advantage of the latest advances in technology or innovations in M&E infrastructure. 20 At Keysource we find that our customers rarely deploy a full IT load from day one, if ever, so this raises the question about whether the infrastructure to support this needs to be in place in day one. To determine this we believe that early engagement is key to ensure you are making the right decisions. Not having all the relevant stakeholders involved from the outset may mean that the team fails to understand the real business and IT requirements or that the wrong solution is specified and deployed. This is increasingly important as businesses today are becoming ever more dependent on IT systems and associated data due to a number of changes such as an upsurge in cloud services, digitalisation and the Internet of Things (IoT). As a result, a