The Traditional Data Centers are known as Legacy/Siloed Data Centers. It is defined by the Hardware, with a single dedicated purpose which determines the amount of data that can be stored and handled by the traditional Data Centers. Furthermore, traditional Data Centers are regulated by the size of the physical space in which the hardware is stored. Storage relies on server space, which cannot be extended beyond the hardware limitations of the space. More storage requires more hardware, and filling the same square footage with additional hardware means it will be more difficult to maintain adequate cooling. Therefore, Legacy/Siloed Data Centers are heavily restricted by physical limitations and provisioning is a major effort.
Early Data Centers offered sufficient performance and reliability, especially considering there was little point of reference. Slow and inefficient delivery was a prominent challenge, and utilization was astonishingly low in relation to the total resource capacity. It could take an enterprise months to deploy new applications. The application workloads could be dependent on a single node and the capacity of storage is Preprovisioned which use to results in high maintenance and manual administration which is laborious.
The Next Generation Data Centers, on the other hand, are designed with a unified approach by applying architectural principles across each layer of the Data Center framework. and it is defined by Applications, Driven by Policy and Delivered as an On-Demand Service, with elasticity and high performance at lower costs. “Less is more”. As technology is always pushing forward, the pooling of resources to create larger, more flexible, centralized pools of computing, storage and networking resources doesn’t quite represent utopia in terms of data center design. The individual siloes – known as server farms – being pooled must still be maintained and managed separately.
A major challenge in IT today is that organizations can easily spend 70 percent to 80 percent of their budgets on operations, including optimizing, maintaining and manipulating the environment. Server virtualization offered the benefit of better utilization of compute cycles but actually had detrimental impacts on the storage and networking components.
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