The open data center initiative has the potential to completely disrupt the market and change the way data centers are built today. By creating standards that are vendor neutral and open, interoperability is assured, which in turn improves performance.
In India, software services major, Wipro has taken a huge lead in this space, by launching a Open Data Center CoE. Wipro has launched this CoE to build, integrate, test and demonstrate customer aligned SDI solutions and bringing in significant IP assets to address issues as clients undergo this transition and manage heterogeneous environments. The CoE integrates proprietary and open source solutions across all layers including Network, Storage, Compute and Cloud.
Explaining the key drivers for open data centers, Anuj Bhalla, Vice President & Business Head, Global-System Integration & Maintenance Services & Products, GIS Wipro, says, “The promise of greater flexibility, availability, scalability, superior security at far lower total cost of ownership (TCO) are some of the major drivers for the demand for open data centers. An open data center offers the benefits of improved efficiencies and interoperability which will help customers in the long run. The need to improve abstraction of resources within an open framework is also a key driver for the open data center.”
The benefits for firms that adopt open data centers are huge, and can be broadly classified into five key areas:
Agility: The Open Data Center enables highly automated and standardized provisioning with reduced provisioning and deployment times. Organizations can thus count on faster time to value for their business.
Simplicity: The integrated service catalogue of the Open Data Center gives a choice of offerings and services. It also facilitates central control and abstraction of complexity. Simplified management of resources will free up IT staff to pursue innovation activities rather than routine tasks.
Elasticity: The solutions are highly resilient, with policy driven virtual pool of resources and options for public cloud integration for Spin-Out and Spin-In.
Cost Effectiveness: The Open Data Center ensures that there is no vendor lock-in, by leveraging commodity hardware, thereby reducing CapEx. Single pane of glass for management and administrators reduces management and support costs. Efficient usage of resources will also drive down energy costs.
Performance: Improvement in performance is driven by dynamic configuration based on feedback mechanism.
“Our open data center framework meets performance objectives such as greater flexibility, availability, scalability, superior security at far lower total cost of ownership (TCO) with savings between 30 to 55%. The metrics for the benefits of the open data center also depend on factors such as the technologies used in implementation and the scope of the project. For example, we implemented an open data center solution for a leading media organization in Europe where initial cost savings in the first year were 30% with further year on year cost reduction of 10%,” states Anuj.
Drawing from Wipro’s significant investments in emerging areas such as Open Stack framework, the CoE demonstrates multiple disruptive Software Defined technologies in action to simulate a real world data center environment where legacy and Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) co-exist. The CoE demonstrates how the custom developed tools and plug-ins can be leveraged to achieve integration across diverse and different generation of underlying computer, network and storage technologies and give unified end-user experience. Wipro has also forged strategic and niche technology alliances with Silicon Valley start-ups and mid-size OEMs to offer comprehensive and future-proof solutions to customers.