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What will make the greatest impact on IT for 2013?

18 Jan 2013  | Khoo Teng Seen

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Khoo Teng Seen
Schneider Electric

In today's knowledge-driven global economy, the growth and management of digital data continues to be a pressing concern for businesses. To support the continuous growth of digital data, it becomes all the more critical for data centres to be flexible, cost-effective and energy-efficient. Because of this, we are seeing high interest from the industry in the following trends that will drive data centres towards their goal:

 • Hybrid clouds

 • The growth in volume, variety and velocity of digital data

 • The rise of mobile computing and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD)

Hybrid clouds

To begin with, there is going to be a significant shift from the virtual private data networks to hybrid clouds. Increasing in popularity, a hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment where an organisation provides and manages some resources and data in-house with some others provided externally.

As data continues to expand, this drives new levels of enterprise storage requirements. Hybrid cloud technology provides a way for organisations to increase computing and storage resources without stressing the underlying infrastructure or investing in additional infrastructure. We're already seeing a number of organisations adopt these services due to a hybrid cloud's ability to increase IT innovation and flexibility, lower capital costs, and help generate revenues that are multiples of spending.

The growth in volume, variety and velocity of digital data

We're also seeing discussions on the digitisation of data heat up. Studies have shown that an SMB typically processes and stores 563 terabytes of digital data while a larger enterprise would be working with a whopping 100,000 terabytes1. These figures are set to expand in 2013 – by 178% for SMBs and 67% for enterprises2.

The exponential growth of data has resulted in a number of organisations commissioning additional physical and virtual servers to keep up with demands. This means data centre managers not only have to deal with more data but also more servers. As an effective solution to combat the dual complexity, Schneider Electric pins down the adoption of data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) as a way to offer data centre managers a single, real-time view of the state of their servers and their surroundings. DCIM helps align the facilities and IT resources in the data centre to better manage data centre capacity and increase utilisation.

The rise of mobile computing and BYOD

Another trend that's really gaining momentum is mobility's impact on the data centre, specifically in terms of computing and the BYOD movement.

Another recent global study revealed that 44 per cent of organisations cite mobile computing as a top driver of data centre complexity3. Businesses are implementing virtualisation as a measure to minimise this complexity by increasing IT efficiency, enabling easy access to data and increasing uptime.

Schneider Electric is witnessing the complete virtualisation of all layers in the data centre, from the database, to storage to the user. Coupled with the need for better automation technologies and the resulting decrease of the overall data centre footprint, virtualisation is a movement that will inevitably push both DCIM and sustainable IT further into the spotlight.

- Khoo Teng Seen
  Vice President ASEAN IT Business
   Schneider Electric

Khoo Teng Seen is the IT Business VP for Schneider Electric ASEAN. Teng Seen oversees the business strategy in ASEAN, ensuring that businesses across the region remain focused on customers and partners. He has 17 years of experience in the IT industry and almost 10 years in regional services management across the Asia Pacific region.


1 Symantec State of Information Global Study, Page 5

2 Symantec State of Information Global Study, Page 6

3 Symantec State of Information Global Study

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