Jeff Klaus is GM of Intel Data Center Management Solutions.
In 2018 we saw interest in new innovations grow as our industry looked for ways to meet the demands of an increasingly connected world. With established familiarity of the solutions and strategies introduced last year, 2019 will be the year we see adoption of these innovations grow and create an opportunity for new achievements.
Among these innovations, we’ve seen new features offering a cost effective and cloud-based means for data center analysis — most notably in the form of data center management-as-a- service (DMaaS) — emerge as a low cost way to understand data center operations. In 2018 we’ve seen DMaaS give data center managers access to AI-driven forecasting and enhanced visibility into infrastructure. These developments are crucial for the industry as we look to find new ways to meet consumers demands for connectivity through the use of edge computing. In addition to being well positioned for smaller environments commonly found with edge computing, DMaaS provides a flexible, cost efficient solution that enables companies to adopt and optimize their edge computing strategies. In 2019, this emerging software platform will become more prevalent in enterprise data center strategies as the use of edge computing becomes more commonplace.
Visibility Across Size and Location
Due to its cloud-based makeup, DMaaS gathers insights from data centers of all sizes and across a multitude of locations. This offers the ideal solution for edge computing sites, which are often smaller environments spread across various locations in order to get as close to their end-consumer as possible. This leaves these sites virtually unattended with high demand for real-time, remote control over these environments. DMaaS has the reach to meet the needs of these edge computing sites and the ability to remotely monitor performance. Beyond this, DMaaS features the ability to continuously improve data center management based on data collected across all DMaaS users. The potential for a DMaaS solution to propose preventative measures that lowers the likelihood of latency, bandwidth, and security issues associated with edge computing plays to the best interest of IT teams.
Benefit from Flexibility and Cost Efficiency
Having the means to adjust tactics without the risk associated with a high cost technology is the ideal way to approach the fine-tuning of new strategies, like edge computing. While other data center management tools come with a lengthy adoption process and an absorbent price tag, DMaaS has low barriers to entry with its low cost and an operational flow that gives users the ability to make quick, simple adjustments. This benefit is especially useful when applied to edge computing strategies, which require the means to easily scale to meet the needs of users.
Edge Computing and DMaaS Meet IoT Demand
Collaboration across these two technologies will emerge across enterprise strategies as the demand associated with Internet of Things (IoT) continues, and even grows, into this new year. Experts have forecasted that 86 percent of enterprises expect to increase their spending on IoT in 2019 and beyond, which means data center teams should continue to expect high performance expectations from consumers. While edge computing presents the ability to bring data processing and storage closer to the growing number of connected devices, DMaaS brings advanced and remote infrastructure management to enterprises deploying this strategy. With this combination, consumers’ IoT needs will be met while enterprises will maintain control over their vast and complex data centers, making edge computing strategies easier to adopt in 2019.
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