BANGALORE, INDIA: Dell announced the results of its Future Ready IT Survey conducted by Penn Schoen Berland (PSB), to identify the key requirements driving IT decision making across the globe. The survey interviewed respondents about the most important IT trends, significance of hyperscale computing, workloads, data center management and converged Infrastructure and how these would play a role in shaping the data center.
Adding to this Manish Gupta, director, Enterprise Solutions Group - Dell India said: “Organisations in India have been at the forefront of technology adoption. They understand the need for more efficient, scalable IT infrastructure and the direct co-relation it has to business productivity. The survey has helped us better understand what products and solutions are apt for the Indian customer and how they can be adapted in this direction.”
Mobility and Big Data seen as the most important IT trends in India
The data center today is evolving. Industry forces such as cloud computing, mobility, big data and software-defined are rewriting the rules of IT and in turn are changing the way technology architectures are being developed. IT Decisions Makers in India and globally are realising the importance of these trends and the influence they are having on IT. In India:
- 66% of ITDMs felt that Mobility is the most important technology trend to their organisation; followed by Big Data (65 %) and Cloud Computing (63 %)
- 53 % of ITDMs stated that they will be investing in Cloud Computing in the next one year; followed by Mobility (41%)
- 68 % of Indian organisations have already deployed software defined storage solutions
- 74% of ITDMs were very concerned ‘Security, Compliance and Data Protection’ issues in their organisation; 59 % were concerned with managing opex
Organisations aspire to hyperscale IT similar to Facebook and Amazon
Businesses are paying greater attention to the flexibility and efficiency companies such as Facebook and Amazon are able to build into their data centers. These data centers are constructed to scale with the demands of specific web front-end applications. Infact, Gartner predicted this ‘hyperscale IT’ as one of the top strategic technology trends for 2014. ITDMS in India were especially interested in ‘hyperscale IT’, well over the global average. In India:
- 90 % of ITDMs are interested in making IT work like hyperscale types
- 77 % of ITDMs see operational efficiencies as an important benefit of hyperscale computing
- 59 % felt that it is a low cost investment
- Most Indian companies (62%) felt that management was a barrier to their adoption of hyperscale computing
Data center Management should be remote and less complex
Automation and simplicity in the data center are the key factors driving data center management. The emergence of big technology trends such as Big Data, Mobility, Cloud Computing and Software Defined Enterprise will place greater demands on efficiency from the data center. Across markets IT Decision Makers believe data center management is importance and reducing operational complexity will make data center management simpler. In India:
- 98 % of ITDMs felt that Data center management is most important out of which 81 % companies stated it as being “very important”
- 55 % of ITDMs are concerned about their ability to address data center issues quickly.
- 65 % of ITDMs are able to manage their data centers remotely
- 75 % ITDMs felt that reducing operational complexity will make data center management simpler
Ability to optimize applications and performance most important to ITDMs
As businesses continue to run more data-intensive applications such as real-time analytics, low-latency, access to data becomes even more critical. IT Decision makers have often been negatively impacted by performance issues while running applications and are prioritizing reductions in operational and complexity and simplification. In India:
- Business Processing is seen as the most important workload (63 %) for Indian companies; followed by virtualisation (60%)
- 80% of ITDMs are running a mixture of traditional business and emerging application types.
- 74% of ITDMs see improved management as the most important benefit received from integrated systems.
- 50% of ITDMs felt that Optimizing applications and performance to meet business objectives is most important to them in deciding what workloads or applications to run in your environment.
- 90 % of ITDMs felt that there is a need for an IT structure that will tailor infrastructure to specific applications and workloads
Converged Infrastructure gaining prominence; increased deployment in India
Improved performance, perceived lower operating expenditures, greater IT optimization, increased automation and simplified sourcing are driving the adoption of Converged Infrastructure in the market. It also eliminates the hassle of managing multiple hardware and software equipment. This has been instrumental in the increased adoption of Converged Infrastructure globally. In India
- 38 % of ITDMs have stated that 25 – 49 % of their IT infrastructure is converged
- 66% of ITDMs see their converged infrastructure as a percentage of their overall infrastructure increasing
- Application performance (80 %) and Ease of Management (79%) are seen as the most important advantage of converged infrastructure