In the world of digital transformation, IT has become central to organisations’ ability to compete. The topic of data centres and cloud computing is top of mind as Kathy Gibson found at a recent IDC roadshow

 

In digital transformation, business and IT are in conflict

CIOs are facing new issues and challenges as cloud computing becomes more pervasive, and frequently comes into conflict with data centre operations.

One of the main drivers for cloud is the challenge of managing cost and investment, says Jonathan Tullett, research manager: IT services in Africa at IDC.

Modernisation of both infrastructure and people is a big challenge as CIOs seek to position their strategies and technologies to match new business needs.

Migration and integration of workloads and data gets more complicated as could become pervasive. “It is supposed to make things simpler, but it’s more complex than ever,” Tullett points out.

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What will the data centre of the future look like?

IT has to change the way it works if it is to be an effective partner to the business as it embarks on digital transformation.

Jonathan Tullett, research manager: IT services in Africa at IDC, believes the data centre of the future will look very different.

The trends driving change are data centre modernisation, workload rationalisation and hybrid IT operations.

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