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Ailing datacentres to seek relief in cloud computing: IDC

Ailing datacentres to seek relief in cloud computing: IDC

Hobbled by rising operational costs, below-standard utilisation levels and increasing technological complexities, seven-year old data centres are facing a fuzzy horizon.

Based on the latest research findings on datacentres by market intelligence provider IDC, complexities and redundancies will fester in the migration stage.

The current economic recession has neither made things easier for chief information officers (CIOs), who are still at a loss on where to start tackling the problem.

"There is a lot of pent-up demand for revamping and building new data centres that have been postponed due to the ongoing recession," says Avneesh Saxena, group vice president for domain research at IDC Asia Pacific. In its conference titled 'Powering the Enterprise Cloud', IDC Asia Pacific will suggest important points for organisations to take into account as they plan for an enterprise cloud. It is hosted in 13 Asia Pacific countries from November to December 2009, with the New Zealand event set down for 24 November. IDC analyst Matt Oostven will discuss current and future cloud trends, supported by HP, Novell and Gen-i. North Shore City Council will also discuss its transition to outsourced IT services. IDC predicts IT-driven companies are likely to rely heavily on cloud computing services offered by other organisations to preempt paralysis of operations because of more problematic situations.

The catch, however, is that these companies must not waste time in planning for a responsive IT framework as an essential prerequisite. IDC stressed that this is especially crucial for companies wishing to build their own private or internal clouds.

"Meanwhile, the demand for IT has not gone down and CIOs worry about coping with the turnaround as and when it comes through," Saxena noted. "This has to lead to the emergence of an adaptive and elastic IT framework, whether inside or outside the organisation."


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