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Today, there are new ways to integrate at the API layer, smarter ways to optimise and overall density has increased to the point where it’s all now impacting on data centre platforms.

Add to that the continuing consumerisation of IT, where more and more is being processed through the cloud as workers blur the line between personal and business technology use, and it’s clear that data centres will need to continue evolving beyond the traditional hardware-defined model.

That evolution is coming from next-generation data centres, which are defined by software, rather than hardware. In these software-defined data centres, everything from servers to storage – even the network itself – is virtualised, meaning hardware and software resources are combined into a single software-based administrative entity, accessible from a single pane of glass. Hardware-based data centres, which stress the tight integration between applications and hardware, are less flexible as they require specific hardware from a single vendor, and can even stifle growth according to Gartner.

This next-gen approach to data centre deployment and design allows for greater agility and flexibility, even better security, and is the preferred approach of the really big cloud players – Amazon, Google, Facebook and the like. And they would know.

At Aptronics, we’re passionate about helping our customers make the most of their data centre infrastructure. Whether it’s enhancing and optimising existing hardware-based installations or integrating next-gen data centre technology with existing infrastructure with an eye towards moving towards an all-next-gen design, we’re confident in our abilities to do whatever it takes to get IT environment to that next level.

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