Who wants the hassle of running their own data centers?
Lots of large enterprises, evidently!
Cloud is booming, but a lot of companies are keeping a foot in both worlds. At the same time, many of the large telcos that were so eager to get into the colocation data center business over the past few years are now equally eager to get out – read on to find out what they’re moving into instead.
TechRepublic | Running your own data center is hard, but Alison DeNisco reports that all 12 members of TechRepublic’s CIO Jury said their companies still run their own data centers (generally in addition to private or public cloud options). Why? In some cases, it’s for the extra protection of customer data, while in others they say some workloads just run better on-premise. Personally, I suspect another part of the answer is legacy systems that are still doing the job well enough that difficulty of moving them to the cloud is not yet worth the benefit.
How AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink are Exiting Data Centers and Cloud Services to Become Managed IT Players
Fierce Telecom | Telcos seem to have finally realized that not only is running data centers difficult, it’s not a great match for their in-house skill sets. Sean Buckley discusses the recent shifts in the telco industry away from owning data centers in favor of offering managed IT services for data center tenants. This move allows them to sidestep the dominance of cloud-centric providers such as AWS and Azure, instead focusing on areas more complementary to their established expertise and customer bases.
SearchServerVirtualization | Virtualization and pervasive software control are going to be key factors in the evolution of data centers over the next few years, whether on-premise or in the cloud. Ryann Burnett interviewed the authors of the book Network Function Virtualization to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of NFV technology, its development so far and where it needs to go from here to meet current and future data center challenges.
This industry is never boring. Technologies and business trends change fast enough that it reminds me of the old saying about New England weather – if you don’t like it, wait a few minutes – it’ll change!