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Edge Computing, Colocation, and Cloud—when it comes to future data center trends, what does the magic eight ball say? After a quick shake and a few responses, the outlook on data centers for the future delves into some mixed responses.


How to take your data center into the future


Aging infrastructures in traditional setups may get the job done now, but the push for more workload optimization requires more compute power than ever before. IT teams need a different approach that modernizes their data center assets either on premises or in a colocation or cloud.


To combat this business requirement, organizations turn to as-a-service models to handle their assets, instead of the silo and server approach. Cloud availability and efficiency have dramatically altered the way business leaders view bottom-line performance, and IT is playing catch-up to stay competitive.


In addition to as-a-service models, an uptick in automation and other intelligent equipment in the data center will generate more performance monitoring and predictive and performative maintenance. If an organization can keep its current infrastructure working smoothly, it can investigate new options to increase efficiency and establish a better product for the business and end users alike.


Cloud and Colocation continue to change the game


Data center deployments in the cloud and colocations can offer businesses some benefits. Eliminating an on-premises data center saves time, money and space. Those upfront costs don’t necessarily cover potential damage suffered from a colocation or cloud outage, however.


Resiliency is another future data center trend that takes a page out of the disaster recovery playbook, meaning IT has to look back to its data security protocols before moving forward to create enterprise agility.


Cloud and colocation play a major role in the resiliency field, as organizations use one or both to spread data across multiple outlets and increase protection in the event of an outage. It can often be complicated to manage data across multiple platforms, but a distributed approach prevents a major crash from knocking out an entire organization in one instance.


The industry as-a-whole needs to be more transparent in order for companies to understand if you’re more or less resilient with the path that you’ve taken and tools to include Correlata’s CorreAsses take into consideration an assessment, all the way through to future budgeting.  Gaining transparency will help lead organizations to best prepare and manage resources across their entire value chain.”


Back away from the edge?


The edge remains a future data center trend because it pushes data closer to its end users and enables IT pros to implement newer technologies, such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things (IoT), which take advantage of higher processing features.


Remote management is also a major turning point because IT pros will not only need to build out applications and services that control data in the edge, but they will also need to build out support and monitoring mechanisms.


IT pros should focus on data analysis and resource control and Correlata is leading the charge in the first step of enabling full visibility of resources.





As a part of our three-year strategic agreement between Correlata and IBM, we have completed the first stage of building a unique ability that provides, for the first time, the power to bring a holistic view for x86 and IBM LinuxONE and IBM Linux on Z systems under a single information technology management platform.


Our newest platform features and enhancements include a focus on business metrics such as IT business alignment, investment efficiency, service availability, and data loss risks in context with applications and/or environments with the ability to emphasize the business impact along with the option to drag-and-drop directly into specific IT areas and highlight the specific IT objects involved on the x86 and IBM LinuxONE systems.

Pablo Horenstein, Correlata shares, “The new IBM Z and IBM LinuxOne infrastructure capabilities imported into the Correlata CorreAssess™ engine offer a unique value proposition to IBM’s customers, allowing them to build a strong and long-term relationship with Correlata to embrace the full cycle of analysis and remediation of LinuxONE-based IT assets over time.” He continues, “We can now reflect the IBM Z/LinuxOne infrastructure inventory, resource allocations, and performance metrics into an analytic solution. Furthermore, data collection from IBM Z/VM virtualization layer and Linux operating systems will provide a multi-layer analysis to be combined with the existing Correlata analytic engine.”

IBM shares their excitement by communicating, “IBM is pleased to be supported by the unique capabilities of Correlata’s tooling and IBM appreciates the investment efforts by Correlata to assure that IBM LinuxONE users can enjoy Correlata’s IT Optimization remedies.”



Correlata’s CorreAssess is an innovative and vendor-agnostic analytics solution empowering management and IT leaders – for the first time ever – with the clarity to quantify the true value and contribution emanating directly from IT to the business layer. CorreAssess goes a long way towards delivering positive impact on cost and business execution.

Correlata is a powerful solution that helps drive data center automation and efficiency. Its CorreAssess product is an excellent example of an innovative solution that helps increase uality of Service (QoS) delivery by 50%, reduce DC Opex and Capex by 30%. Correlata also allows quick and efficient cloud mitigation saving money by purchasing the right amount of capacity, thus, lowering cloud costs by up to 25%.

Correlata is a powerful solution to help drive data center automation and efficiency for CIO’s CEO’s etc. or IT leaders, and is a great example of a solution that could help drive significant benefit for helping increase service delivery, reduce DC Opex and reduce DC Capex.

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Mark Schwedel, Correlata

  /   The use of technology in business has taken a sudden, but remarkable upsurge in the history of man. In the old times, business took a slow pace thanks to the lack of tools that would allow for faster business transactions. Everything was done with the help of mechanical tools and bare hands which made it unthinkable to do business instantly.


Technology in business would allow one to see the radical, yet dramatic shift from the old business procedures to the innovative approaches as seen today. In addition, it would give one a better understanding of how important the use of technology is in business.


Some of the past innovative products and methods that helped to shape the face of business and economy are the pairing of barbed wire and cattle farming; shifting the way ranchers business of cattle and use of cowboys changed. The innovation of railroad air brakes and sleeping cars provided a new market for the railroad to provide a luxury method of travel.


Then the typewriter revolutionized business. It allowed for expansion and sped up life. The typewriter allowed for greater efficiency in shorthand and eventually became a symbol of the American worker. What makes these so innovative? It is the ability to pair and use of one or more innovation a new way to produce a major shift.


Apple, the company’s rise and current dominance in non-PC devices is somewhat puzzling. Most people have a working understanding of the fact that Apple lost the PC war to Microsoft and only nominally understand that when Apple created the iPod and then the iPhone, the company started to move in a new direction. And anyone who’s gone into an Apple store knows full well that Apple’s customer service and stores represent the gold standard for selling and supporting tech gadgets. But beyond that, the reasons why Apple is successful is still a mystery to many.


What is the big game changer of today is Information Technology (IT)? IT is not what it is, but how IT is being changed from physical equipment in data centers and traditional operations to strategic a role; virtualization and digitization of IT.


Just about every business today relies on IT. In fact, most rely on IT to the extent that IT no longer supports business. In most cases, IT “is” the business; essential, indispensable, and inextricably linked to success or failure of business today.  


The key to being successful is that move and alignment of IT to business. The dynamic change of IT to a strategic role. You need information about technology and information at the C-level that is financial.  Understand what an IT asset is – which is more than hardware or software; and now includes data and analytics. That value chain has to be represented in terms for C-level, not IT. Cognitive operations analytics is the new way business transforms, digitally, virtually and successfully in today’s global market.