Redesign data centres, urges Online

Distributor claims centres must be re-engineered for new challenges

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By  Published  September 1, 2006

A regional IT distributor is urging IT managers in the Middle East to redesign their data centres to cope with changing business needs and increasing demand for data storage space.

Recent reports from IDC suggest that data centres globally will have to be re-engineered to meet new challenges as companies change and expand.

IDC stresses that automated business management tools have become an increasingly essential way for companies to keep their IT administrative costs down and for data centres to keep up with growing business requirements.

Now Online Distribution, a value-added distributor for data networking products and services in the Middle East and North and Western Africa is advising companies in the region to make sure they have the ability to automatically manage applications, servers and the network from a central point.

“The Middle East is now a manufacturing hub, and remote assistance and control of data is a major challenge,” said Venu Menon, director of Online Distribution.

“According to recent reports, without modification, data centres will only keep pace with increasing business needs for a year and 10% of them do not even match current business requirements,” he added.

Menon went on to say that companies in the region need greater visibility and control over the servers in their data centres while removing the need for multiple management tools to simplify the process.

Online Distribution believes that the centralisation of data within the data centre has become a major challenge but that many CIOs and IT directors are opting for the quick fix cure of simply buying more servers — not a long term solution, stresses Menon.

“They need to look to make investments in solutions that will meet their current and future needs — offering scalability to grow and adapt with their business, and extending the life of their data centre,” he said.

Meanwhile IT vendors are looking for ways to use less power, decrease harmful emissions and build eco-friendly equipment in the wake of rising electricity costs and increasing demand for electricity by high performance server technologies. The challenges facing data centres are power, heat, cooling and resultant system density, according to Online Distribution.

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