Tons of Data Centers Closing?
I had an interesting Twitter conversation with Robert Scoble over the past week or so. Robert asserts that, “you must have missed the financial crisis. This is forcing TONS of companies to get rid of data centers or minimize them.”I respect this opinion. However I talk to a lot of people in this space and I do not intrinsically share this opinion. Here are some of my observations:What I Have NOT SeenAn example of a company getting rid of a data center without consolidating it into a larger facility.A reduction of workload, application, or storage requirements.Holistic outsourcing of an IT infrastructure to a cloud or hosted provider for a sizable business.What I Have Seen– Data Center Consolidation projects, sometimes coupled with a decommissioning, most started in the past five-years, yield tangible benefits by consolidating computing resources together, usually into denser, higher power, more available data center facilities.- Companies use Virtualization technologies to consolidate virtual machines onto a smaller number of servers that have the memory, CPU, and I/O architecture that enable greater workload consolidation. – VM’s proliferate like Tribbles throughout the enterprise driving workload demands back up quickly.- Enterprises look toward cloud computing offerings and holistic managed offerings to defer risk, capital expense, and achieve linear operating cost growth with workload/application deployment. I don’t disagree that the fallout from the economic crisis is real, of that I have no doubt. What I question is if it has forced the workload reductions necessary to actually reduce the IT Infrastructure required to support line-of-business operations. There is also the time-factor. Data Center builds take years, application migrations take years. We are not far enough into the financial crisis for it to have been the cause of a data center migration or decommissioning… yet.dg