Traditional enterprise IT architectures are predicted to account for only 25 % of deployments by 2016, as the network solutions provider predicts that as businesses move away from owning their own data storage infrastructure, they will run and operate on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Brocade systems engineer manager ANZ Phil Coates said cloud deployments will become the preferred network system for businesses, as it will overcome any scalability, variability, and suppleness challenges.
He said, What a lot of our customers are doing today is deploying storage systems on an as-need basis. So, if you give me a processor, I can deploy software on it, turn it into a switch or a router, and get workload up and running straight away.
He added, For customers who are using these functions on as-need basis, they're being rented on an hourly basis and loading workload from their data centres, deploying virtual centres, and utilising it for a few hours or a few days, making them more flexible and agile.
One firm that has already taken the move towards adapting to this shift is the
He said, From a strategy perspective, having all the backups offline is much cheaper, but that's where all benefits of cloud is going to come from; rethinking the way you actually plan your IT infrastructure.
He added, Until now, we've had gone out, bought the hardware, plugged it in, leave it in the racks, and not worry about what was paid for. But pay as you go has a lot of benefits, especially around storage. You might have certain data you don't want to keep for too long, but you've got financial data you have to keep for at least seven years. At the moment, you go out and buy a storage area network unit, but you pay for it regardless, whether you're using it or not. Being able to grow the data and pay as you go is a great idea.
He said, Cloud is a concern for businesses who are asking questions, such as 'where is data exactly going?' and 'what data should I put up into the cloud?
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