Open solutions can benefit datacentres

  • TECH
  • Tuesday, 25 Jan 2011

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KUALA LUMPUR: Dell is urging businesses to embrace open, standards-based solutions that enhance their datacentre technologies, instead of continuing to invest in closed, propriety stacks.

Open solutions enable companies to keep the infrastructure they have in place, and with upgrades turn it into a more manageable, easier to use platform, said Yuri Wahab, country manager of Dell Sales Malaysia.

“Physically integrated (closed) approach proprietary solutions can also get the job done, but usually force the companies to give up on prior IT investments — i.e. rip and replace with new technologies — or forgo the possibility of adding other technologies that could really make a difference for their business,” he said.

Also, according to him, adopting open technologies enable companies to capitalise on the “virtual era” where virtualisation and cloud computing are fast gaining traction thanks to the massive explosion of data volume.

Industry analyst Gartner predicted that data volume worldwide will grow by a whopping 650% — of which 80% will be unstructured data — in five years.

That means, said Yuri, organisations will have to deal with two fundamental pain points — data storing and sorting.

“Some multinationals will have no choice but to storage their data due to regulatory requirements for auditing purposes, as well as for income tax reasons — which usually require corporate entities and individual users to keep their tax-related documentation for up to seven years,” he said.

According to him, Dell’s strategy is to provide open, capable and affordable solutions that not only better manage a company’s existing resources and to make upgrades more efficient, but to also be cost effective.

For instance, he said, the Dell Virtual Integrated System architecture helps its users to more efficiently respond to business demands by preserving and leveraging their existing infrastructure, without creating technology silos or requiring a rip-and-replace move.

Also, Dell’s cloud-optimised PowerEdge-C servers and services with integrated software enable a more responsive web infrastructure, deeper business insights for users, and reduced overall operating costs.

“The strategy allows our customers to experience up to a 37% reduction in acquisition costs, an up to 46% improvement in overall total-cost-of-ownership, and a 3x productivity increase,” Yuri said.


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