Building a future-defined data centre

Think Progress Team

Wednesday 31 January 2018

We stand on the cusp of a major technological metamorphosis – what some are calling the intelligence revolution. Machine learning, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and many more intelligence-driven breakthroughs have already begun to transform the way business happens. So what do you do with the all-important data generated? And how do you make sure the solution you choose isn’t obsolete just a few years down the line?

So profound will the transformation be, a new multi-institutional research body, the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), has been established to investigate the impact of artificial intelligence on our world.

The CFI’s executive director, Dr Stephen Cave, told The Telegraph that the opportunities just around the corner are similar in significance to those created by the industrial revolution.

“Think about the industrial revolution: mechanisation, the use of steam, the arrival of electricity and so on – these enabled us to create powerful machines that could do things for us,” Dr Cave said. “But with the intelligence revolution, we are using artificial intelligence to create machines that will be deciding things for us. It’s a whole new step forward in our technology.”

The opportunities for organisations of every type and scale are immense: qualitative insights on both existing and prospective customers will flood in. And while the first objective for IT infrastructure teams is to keep up, they will also need to move fast enough to integrate new transformative technology. In other words, they’ll need to build in enough slack to accommodate the new tech we don’t know about yet – starting with data centre solutions.

The key for organisations is to be able to optimise their processes and technology without being tethered to the underlying infrastructure. That’s why your business needs to think about the following themes when analysing data centre options.

Enterprise simplicity

Automated infrastructure takes the burden out of day-to-day systems management and administration, creating operational simplicity. Uptime, latency, security and long-term integrity are foundation stones of a forward-looking data centre, as is the ability to cope with additional load and demand, as your business adapts to new practices and technology.

Software-defined infrastructure

By unshackling your operations from underlying infrastructure, you free up your organisation to feed new types of information into the data centre. Agility is crucial to be able to keep pace with the intelligence revolution. By building infrastructure in harness with software, using APIs for programmatic control and utilising a hybrid model of on-premises and cloud storage, you put your data centre in good shape to handle social media data, analytics, high-performance computing information and much more.

High-performance computing

Latency issues, bandwidth and throughput challenges – all are problems that could stifle your business’s innovation drive. That’s why flash memory is so important to the modern data centre. Add innovative artificial intelligence solutions being developed to handle high-performance workloads, and it won’t just be a case of countering these issues. With real-time analytics, high-frequency trading, SAP applications and more becoming not just possible but commonplace, the data centre is being future-proofed.

A new IDC white paper* explains how Lenovo is enabling the future-defined data centre with two distinct portfolios: ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile. The former makes it simple to integrate new functionality quickly and cost-effectively throughout the life cycle. The latter is the rapidly deployable, bespoke solution to suit hybrid cloud, software-defined and hyper-converged frameworks.

As IDC states: “Future-defined data centres must support today’s operational requirements while being extensible as business demands change and grow.” In other words, come for what your business needs now, stay for the room to grow and evolve. Lenovo can help you do both.

Find out how Lenovo can help you define your organisation’s future.

*IDC’s white paper is available for download until 12 August 2018.


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