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SDS Data Centers: A Catalyst of Digital Transformation

By Niladri Saha, GM, Modern Infrastructure Team, India, Dell EMC

The realisation of Digital transformation is closer than we think. As IDC predicts, digital transformation will attain macroeconomic scale over the next three to four years, changing the way enterprises operate. With the global economy on the cusp of transformation, we’re poised to see a quantum leap in information technology with Software-Defined Storage (SDS) being the key driver for transformation of data centers as we know them today.

The world of technology has often been one defined by rapid change, innovation and a constantly altering landscape. With more people becoming digital friendly and new concepts like Internet of Things (IoT) emerging as a global phenomenon, the sudden surge in data generation has forced the businesses all over the world to refurbish their IT infrastructure as well as re-imagine their business strategies. Over the years, the landscape of data centers has also changed dramatically.

Earlier, the primary use of data center was just to store data, but with an increase in demand for real-time solutions keeping consumer demands in perspective, data centers of today are required to do much more than just ‘store’ data. This sudden influx of workload has brought up a need to modernize the data centers with capabilities, which can provide flexible capacity, quick analysis, and security while being cost-effective. Hence, Software-Defined Storage Data Centres (SDDC) are believed to emerge as de-facto standard in the near future.

Software-defined storage data centers (SDDC) will lay a better foundation of storage infrastructure equipping the business with tools to analyse this data for better business plans and improved consumer deliverables, eventually increasing the scale of the business. Not only this, SDDC will also prove to be a game changer for the businesses by introducing them to the idea of innovation.

Organisations, in the past, have relied upon the manual workforce/processes which were effective but carried high monetary as well as time implications. With the rising consumers’ demands, data is bound to grow exponentially, making it impossible for businesses to provide real-time solutions with manual workforce/processes. Therefore, businesses need to switch from manual to automated workforce/processes to reduce cost and optimize operations which will eventually drive growth.

Software Defined Storage Data Centres will act as a catalyst in this transition as businesses will be able to transfer as well as streamline their processes on digital platform, thereby increasing efficiency. Not only this, automation will improve communication, reduce human errors, enabling businesses to provide effective instant solutions to the consumers’ demands.

Another added advantage of automation with the help of SDDC structure is employment generation. There would be a need to train and imbibe skillsets in the coming generation of working professionals. Not only that, automation of processes will widen the room for innovation, which will open new doors for newer job roles such as that of a Chief Innovation Officer.

Looking at the near future, it is quite an obvious choice for the businesses to upgrade their data storage centers to a software-defined storage ecosystem to understand and optimize their integrated data management requirements. This will not only help them in delivering their best offerings to their customers but will also, prepare them for the dawn of Digital Transformation.

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