The beginning of the end of traditional datacenters – Rahul Agarwal, CEO, i2k2 Networks

In an interview with Dataquest, Rahul Agarwal, CEO, i2k2 Networks dicussed about how the modular datacenters are taking over the traditional ones. He believes that the next big thing is moving to the public cloud or making the state-of-the-art cloud infrastructure on modular datacenters. Excerpts

The proliferation of smartphones, tablets, and so many other devices have placed an ever-increasing pressure on IT departments and datacenters. How has the role of datacenters changed with this?
The competitive nature of businesses nowadays demand companies to be on top of the latest trends that are evolving in the IT infrastructure space. To achieve the same, companies have huge expectations from their datacenters, including 99.999% uptime, minimum maintenance, proactive management of perceived issues, high scalability with instant upgradation/on-demand increment, fully managed services and support, data safety/security/ confidentiality, and regular updates on current trends and implementations at datacenter level.

How do you compare the economies of a cloud or modular datacenter with that of a traditional datacenter?
Every company needs an edge in terms of spends on infrastructure. Cloud/modular datacenters have helped in easing out massive capital investments and paved the
way for phased spending. Two of the typical reasons listed for the problem with datacenters are capital and speed of deployment. The traditional brick and mortar datacenters involve a huge amount of money and time to build. Furthermore, the quick evolution of newer technologies further entices organizations to work on fast and scalable
The main benefits of cloud/modular datacenters are speed of deployment, scalability, agility, disaster recovery, and total cost of ownership. With the advent of better technology, the heat signature of servers has reduced, which in turn needs comparative less cooling. This results in decreasing the cooling infrastructure deployment. Cloud and modular datacenters reduce carbon footprint which benefit the environment substantially.

Do you think traditional datacenters are still being preferred over modular datacenters?
Traditional datacenters are now a thing of the past, they shall soon be heading to extinction. The next big thing is moving to the public cloud or making state-of-the-art
cloud infrastructure on modular DCs or running a hybrid model, built as per the requirements with high scalability. Standardized, scalable, pre-assembled, and integrated
datacenter facility power and cooling modules provide a total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of 30% compared to traditional, built-out datacenter power and cooling infrastructure. Avoiding overbuilt capacity and scaling the design over time contributes to a significant percentage of the overall savings.

How do you see the future?
With the government’s impetus on digital india, more and more companies will hop on to adopt IT growth, which in turn, increase companies’ revenues and decrease the operational
costs. The future of commerce and trade will be fuelled by cloud computing. In time to come, cloud computing will comprise of artificial intelligence, improved virtualization
techniques, and faster SSD drives with higher performance. All this will have to be provided in conjunction with improved and reliable tech support.

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