IT leaders in state and local governments are looking to the cloud for infrastructure, software and storage because of the flexibility and scalability of the model. Often forgotten are the IT staffs who manage the data centers that power cloud computing; those workers are responsible for keeping servers up 99.999 percent of the time by overseeing power, cooling and assets. According to IDC’s infographic below, 84 percent of data centers ran into at least one uptime issue in 2012.
Data centers are growing rapidly, both in size and in number, and without a sound data center infrastructure management (DCIM) strategy, uptime problems will persist. The Datacenter's Role in Delivering Business Innovation: Using DCIM to Enable a Common Management Approach, the study that provided data for the infographic below, addresses the scale of growth:
In today's increasingly connected and information-driven world, the datacenter is at the heart of organizations' efforts to provide products and services to individuals and businesses. In addition, as dependence on the datacenter increases, the number of datacenters and datacenter assets is growing. Even if we exclude the smaller server rooms and server closets in small businesses as well as remote branch offices, the number of datacenters in operation worldwide will increase from over 191,000 to almost 202,000 between 2011 and 2014. More significantly, the size of those datacenters is also growing, with total datacenter square footage increasing from 569 million to 737 million over the same period.
Learn more about DCIM and the problems facing data centers in this infographic, and let us know what you think about the future of cloud computing in the Comments section.