By John Foster, VP, Business Development—Systems, Asia Pacific
What is a data center without boundaries? For the last 15-20 years, many of us in IT have talked about having a truly heterogeneous and on-demand environment in the data center with storage on demand, compute on demand, and virtualized networking.
We may have been ahead of ourselves, but now it’s becoming a reality. So what is the data center without boundaries, and how do you get there?
The answer is you can run the data center on premises, in a cloud, or you can run it as a hybrid, which is probably where most customers will be going. There are a lot of regulations and rules to comply with, but also misconceptions about what you can and cannot host in the cloud. The lack of boundaries relates to the physical limitations of the data center, where you’re no longer limited by physical infrastructure. The cloud provides the technology you need to expand and grow your business.
Not all customers are ready to move to cloud environments, either private or public. The CIOs I regularly meet with worry that in today’s fast-paced environment the infrastructures they build will quickly become obsolete. So what should they do? My recommendation is when you’re investing in data center infrastructure, make sure it has cloud capabilities so that when you’re ready to deploy in a public or private cloud, your infrastructure is ready when you are.
For example, Oracle Database 12c comes with features that enable you to deploy it as a service today. You don’t have to do that straight away, but if you want a migration path that enables you to get to cloud, you have that option in your environment.
In short, plan a journey with your software, database, server and networking components that will enable you to take advantage of cloud technology and environments.