Hardware Investment Continues
Trend 10: Hardware Investment Continues
â€śOne of the difficulties that weâ€™ve had is rapid growthâ€”not just student growth but data growth,â€ť says Bob Diveley, executive director of operations and infrastructure at Columbus State University (CSU) of Columbus, Ga. â€śRich media and those types of things were coming into play much more heavily than ever before.â€ť
So CSU built out its hardware backbone, virtualizing and then deploying HP ProLiant servers within BladeSystem enclosures, along with storage-area networks (SANs) from HP StorageWorksâ€”both for primary storage and as backup. Virtualization is an efficiency initiative, but it has often been accompanied by modernizing investments.
â€śWe had begun virtualization about a year prior to investing in blades, but the blades investments were an obvious evolution to what we were doing,â€ť says Mack Ragan, CSUâ€™s senior manager of infrastructure services.
This is key to understanding the survey data that shows hardware infrastructure investment as a clear ongoing trend for 2012. Itâ€™s not so much that the number of organizations making significant deployments has gone up; itâ€™s more that the number reducing deployments has gone down.
After a savings period brought on in part by virtualizationâ€”but also largely by the recessionâ€”increasing data usage and technology usage in general are driving new hardware infrastructure needs.Even with a modernized computing infrastructure, the continuing growth of dataâ€”not just in frequency but in depthâ€”is a harbinger of further investment that will be needed. â€śOur future growth will be in the SAN area,â€ť Diveley predicts.
For more, read Baseline's Top 10 Business Trends of 2012.