IT Management

Dynamic data centers of the future must be symbiotic with enterprise consumers to help drive higher levels of business velocity. Business demands and technology trends fuel the need to accelerate IT innovation within the enterprise to enable top performance of your people, processes, tools and technology. And, of course, IBM’s System z is the most reliable and cost-effective platform to provide these capabilities. In fact, according to the Avanade Cloud Global Survey titled “Mainframe as a Mainstay of the Enterprise 2012,” the System z will retain its place as one of the most critical drivers of the dynamic data center.

Organizations everywhere are under increasing pressure to innovate to gain competitive advantage and promote business growth. According to the Infoweek 2012 Consumerization of IT Survey, 80 percent of IT executives say the consumerization of IT is increasing IT workloads—and the need to employ new business models and technologies to meet related demands is largely responsible.

The role of the data center is rapidly evolving from simply supporting established business processes to continuously driving innovation through the optimal alignment of IT resources. Moving forward, the most effective organizations will progress to a fully integrated and dynamic data center where:

• Information systems management is highly automated. IT staff is empowered to perform tasks and access relevant information quickly to accelerate service delivery and problem resolution.
• Applications execute across heterogeneous architectures and are managed as a whole, not within silos, allowing greater visibility into operations and performance.
• Workloads are assigned to the best-suited server, enabling improved service quality to the business.
• The key to successful innovation is an efficient, dynamic data center that provides a holistic view of your enterprise IT infrastructure, while simplifying and automating your underlying business processes.
• Computing resources will be highly agile, automatically adjusting to ever-changing demands for new business workloads.
• Business process flows will be automated so that when one process completes, it can be handed off to another process, ensuring the organized, efficient flow of business. processes.

Operating in a dynamic data center helps you optimize performance in real-time, accelerate your response to business opportunities and drive down costs.

Preparing for the dynamic data center will require IT to collaborate and build consensus with business units to bring about the rapid innovation that competitive markets demand. Many of the activities that were managed manually by IT personnel will be fully automated, freeing up technology experts to spend their time enabling data center innovation so IT can better align with the needs of the business. The job of IT will shift from maintaining technology to delivering business innovation to make the most of their limited IT staff and budget to deliver real value to the enterprise. They will need to drive higher levels of business velocity to keep IT at the center of the enterprise and become a valuable enabler of innovation for business.

Looking even further down the road, in this highly automated, intelligent world of tomorrow, enterprise IT executives will be able to deliver more computing services for significantly less money. Heterogeneous architectures work together in unison. For example, automated management systems will make sure resources are available for consumption at the right moment and then returned to the resource pool when the job is completed. Systems will automatically self-manage, improving performance and anticipating change—all to meet the needs of an agile, profitable business.

Do you have a plan in place to shift your data center’s changing dynamics to keep IT at the center of your enterprise and increasing IT’s ability to drive business value and innovation?