Data center- a flaw or a boon?

Data centers, initially, started as a cost-effective way to handle gigantic chunks of information. However, the increasing use of these centers has resulted in more overhead costs.

The overall cost of handling these data centers as, centralized data providing sources and the overuse by the public and corporate world has increased security concerns. Back-up software are getting more complex and expensive, and are sometimes inaccessible in the market.

“If you look back years ago, the initiatives in the data center were the same-organizations needed to reduce power, they needed to reduce cooling costs, and the only way to do it was storage and server consolidation type efforts,” said Danny Milrad, director of product marketing at Symantec.

The access to such data centers were not so complex a few years earlier, the corporate world used these centers to access files and reports remotely. In the last few years, this service has reached beyond boundaries and the best example for data center usage is cloud computing.

It started with uniting of all servers and data at minimal places. With the advent of new software, companies could consolidate all information and virtual servers on a single machine, hence, reducing the cost.

Increasing demand and usage of smartphones has increased the traffic on data centers to a very great extent. E-mails, numerous E-mail accounts, social networking sites, smartphones, have only added to the already excessive data center usage.

“The iPhone was released in June 2007 and made a pretty dramatic change,” said Trevor Daughney, a product marketing director in archiving and e-discovery at Symantec. He noted that virtualization giant, VMware made significant introductions in August 2007, when it went public.

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