Posted By Bill Kleyman On August 16, 2013 @ 8:20 am In Management | 2 Comments
The data center operating system – many times referred to as DCOS. Kind of sounds like a bit of a buzz term doesn’t it? Well, the reality is that there is already a lot of conversation around the idea of an intelligent data center management platform. This isn’t a conversation about data center virtualization, but rather a look at how the future data center environment will be managed.
The modern data center is at the center of any major organization. We have a lot more systems that are being placed within the data center environment and new technologies are being born directly within a cloud infrastructure. With this focus on the data center – there needed to be a way to better manage all of the services we are relying upon. Remember, at the data center level we are still using physical components – servers, cooling equipment and advanced types of power distribution technologies. The big difference is that the physical layer is now designed around high levels of efficiency, multi-tenancy and resiliency. This is where the DCOS platform is able to take the entire data center layer and begin to abstract it.
So, how does the data center operating system really different from other DC management platforms? DCOS really means connecting the logical with the physical. As the modern data center continues to become the “data center of everything”  we need to evolve the way we control these vital platforms. New types of threats against the data center environment are continuing to grow. So, to combat new security needs, an ever-scaling environment, and a lot more cloud computing; we must take the next leap in data center control and management.
The abstraction of the hardware layer within the data center means we are able to utilize new types of controls around our data center. New technologies are being deployed within the data center at a very fast pace. Segmenting physical components from the workloads that are running on top is no longer the right way to approach data center management. This is why DCOS has become a powerful way of seeing all of the core and vital components running within a data center. Already, large data center providers are approaching this management methodology. What are the results? Greater visibility, more control and the ability to be proactive with very important workloads.
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