What is the Data Center Convergence Series?
The Data Center Convergence Series of reports will examine the technologies and trends driving convergence and its impact on the organization.
Information Technology (IT) is undergoing an evolution driven by cloud computing, DevOps, and the Internet of Things to name a few of the forces in play. A new breed of technologies and delivery models are enabling business agility, as the data center goes from cost driver to competitive edge.
While Facilities operations and IT operations have traditionally been treated as separate entities, new technologies are bridging the two practices. Cloud computing extends the data center beyond the traditional facility, necessitating a centralized control that looks at the holistic picture. Software defined approaches to networks, storage, and the data center as a whole means change is increasingly occurring through software – and more power is shifting to IT.
A divided facilities operation and IT operation isn’t positioned to take advantage of the new breed of IT. The days of tracking everything on Excel spreadsheets and tribal knowledge are over, but the organization has been slow to change.
Why is it important?
We are now in the age of web scale, real-time business, where the Internet is no longer just a compliment to a business, but often its biggest driver. Cloud and the software defined data center make IT agile and responsive to needs.
However, evolving for the times isn’t simply a matter of choosing to use cloud. The evolution is multifaceted.
Subject matter experts are finding that they have to extend their expertise into complementary areas, as convergence driven by technology requires a convergence in subject matter expertise. A range of new technologies and a constantly rising operational efficiency bar means people need to work collaboratively more than ever. The traditional silos of facilities and IT are dissolving, either through collaboration or consolidation.
Convergence of Facilities and IT means that the data center and IT are essentially the same. It is a philosophy where both facilities management and IT management work in unison or the two traditionally separate entities become indistinguishable. While the goal has always been to have these two teams work in unison, this is no longer optional if an organization wants to effectively leverage the new breed of technologies.
The Convergence Whitepaper Series is part of the exclusive membership benefit package for AFCOM members.