Today, there is a convergence of forces raising the stakes and changing the scope of what is considered “mission critical computing”: the increasing digitization of critical business processes; the proliferation of customer-facing, mobile- and social-enabled applications, brought about by the Consumerization of IT; rising expectations for mission-critical service levels, and high costs of downtime of any kind.
Mission critical systems can no longer be siloed, proprietary technology restricted to a few core applications – they have to be part of an agile and flexible, mission critical fabric, running on low-cost, industry standard platforms, which supports today’s highly consumerized applications and tomorrow’s Internet of Things (IoT).
Today’s mission critical infrastructure and operations need to serve as a foundation for future needs and to be aware of the constantly evolving scope of mission critical computing. Fortunately, the same technologies behind the disruptive trends which are dramatically changing the scope of mission critical computing can be applied to transform IT, and the data center, to support these new requirements across all dimensions of the digital customer experience, mission critical application interactions, improved service-levels, and improved cybersecurity.
Today, the concept of the x86 Software-Defined Data Center, with fabric-based platforms and infrastructure, coupled with Windows and Linux operating systems, can be utilized to deliver previously unattainable combinations of cost-effective power, agility, flexibility, scalability, manageability and security to support mission critical applications on industry-standard x86 processors.