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TIME TO RECONSIDER YOUR DATA CENTER DESIGN

TIME TO RECONSIDER YOUR DATA CENTER DESIGN

1. NEED FOR ASSET REFRESH Top 3 Enterprise Network/Data Center Challenges1 2. MULTICLOUD DEPLOYMENTS The Shift Toward Multicloud3 4. APPLICATION PERFORMANCE Business leaders are eager to leverage new technologies, and IT leaders can’t afford to fall behind. Hybrid IT environments take advantage of private and public clouds but need enhanced security, automation, orchestration, and agility. Many are responding by building multicloud data center networks that leverage automation and SDN. Different organizations have different needs, but here are four common inflection points that can help you make a business case for a data center upgrade. TIME TO RECONSIDER YOUR DATA CENTER DESIGN STRATEGIC MARKETING SERVICES The constantly evolving security landscape is significantly impacting data center refresh cycles, especially as organizations become increasingly aware of the need for automated infrastructure that is capable of improving protection against attacks. Protecting against data breaches/leaks Ensuring availability Ensuring business continuity 39% 35% 26% Improving security while ensuring availability and business continuity are key issues to consider when refreshing outdated data center assets. A refresh cycle also gives IT an opportunity to rethink traditional data center infrastructure as part of the shift toward a more agile and automated multicloud environment. Modernizing The Data Center: Key Initiatives2 0 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Data management/ analytics Storage virtualization Tools to gauge application performance SDN/Network virtualization 29% 9% 9% 7% 10% 6% 27% 27% 27% 27% 27% 24% 30% 26% 15% 12% On the radar Piloting Installed/ production Upgrading/ refining The digital economy brings new opportunities to expand, requiring data centers to scale appropriately in a cost-effective manner. As such, organizations see data center expansions as an opportunity to embrace a multicloud strategy that provides needed scale and security while reducing downtime, accelerating business cycles, and ensuring business continuity. 26% are using hybrid cloud 60% are using public cloud are using private cloud 62% 40% More than 50% digital 11% We are 100% digital 27% Between 25%-50% digital Less than 25% digital 22% 3. COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE Success in today’s environment begins with the ability to meet customer experience expectations. Multicloud environments are instrumental in the transition from legacy to next-gen applications. For instance, a self-driving network empowers organizations to benefit from machine learning and intent-based capabilities. With the cloud playing a prominent role, enterprises will evolve from relying on primarily enterprise-grade networks to building out multicloud networks. Digital Transformation Report Card5 Ahead of the curve 6% Well into the process Keeping pace, some roadblocks 39% 39% Planned Network Spending Increases Over Next 1–3 Years6 Orchestration 66% SDN 64% 64% Analytics, video services, and real-time applications can present significant challenges that, if left unaddressed, can degrade the user experience. Organizations are relying on their data centers to keep pace. Availability, Scalability Crucial to Network Agility State of Digital Transformation4 Data Center Switch Buying Criteria7 41% High availability/ operational continuity 35% Scalability 33% Cloud networking ready 29% Seamless integration Embracing a multicloud environment can enable organizations to seamlessly and cost-effectively spin up resources based on traffic volumes. Security, automation, agility, and innovation are the benchmarks for the next-generation data center. To deliver, CIOs need to build self-driving, multicloud networks that support digital transformation and new service delivery. For more insights into data center network buying decisions, download the PwC Enterprise data center buyer survey white paper. Sources: 1 Network World 2017 State of the Network Study 2 Network World 2017 State of the Network Study 3 IDG 2016 Cloud Computing Survey 4 Computerworld Forecast 2017 5 Computerworld Forecast 2017 6 PwC Enterprise Data Center Buyer Survey 7 PwC Enterprise Data Center Buyer Survey STRATEGIC MARKETING SERVICES