In today’s age of modernization, electronic data is, perhaps, the most valuable resource of any organization, no matter how big or small they are. And if this is true, then perhaps, data centres, are the most important assets of an organization, considering the fact that they are used to house these huge chunks of valuable data that can inevitably make or break the concerned organization.
Like anything and everything, Data centres have also undergone a sea of changes from their inception and have had to face the tides of evolution. Gone are the days when you house one server in one rack in a temperature controlled room and call it a ‘Data Centre’. Today, CIOs are very specific about their expectations from a data centre. Competition is the operative word here and all organizations are looking to increase their business manifolds which means an increase in the operations and back end activities as well, which in turn leads to an unprecedented increase in the volume of data that needs to be stored in these Data Centres.
Hence, Flexible data centres with provisions for scalable infrastructure are the order of the day! However, one should know which data centers can call themselves ‘flexible’, and which not. Here are some guidelines which you can refer to:
- Dynamic Allocation: Yes, you had heard about this whilst playing with your Data Structures book in your college days! And the same concept follows here. A flexible data centre should have provisions for dynamically allocating data to any server from any server pool, based on optimal space usage.
- Load Balancing: A flexible Data Centre should have an advanced load balancing mechanism to ensure uniform traffic distribution across the length and breadth of the server pool.
- Flat Addressing and Service Scalability: Flat addressing is the mechanism which is used to allocate server resources based on the end user system to ensure maximum scalability and flexibility.