Infrastructure Insight: 2016 Q1

Excel’s round-up of news, insight and trends in enterprise IT infrastructure and datacentre development.

Legacy systems inhibit banking innovation

Outdated legacy systems are cited as the banking sector’s biggest IT challenge in a recent article in Banking Technology.

Reporting the results of a survey by Talend, nearly half of banking industry professionals cited legacy IT infrastructure as their greatest challenge.

56% of respondents blamed legacy systems for the lack of data integration while 45% claimed that the quality of their data was preventing real-time insights for the business.

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This survey supports an article in the same publication last year, which indicated that 80% of banks are planning on replacing their core banking system within the next three to five years.

Reporting on the results of a 2015 paper called ‘Invigorating Banking’, Banking Technology said its findings demonstrated strong support among senior banking executives for core system replacement and renovation, with nearly 90% in favour of including SaaS or cloud based services as part of the infrastructure,

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Flying blind?

DCIM has penetrated only half of the datacentre market, according to a new survey.

A joint survey, undertaken by Intel and Dell and reported in Datacenter Dynamics, has found that almost half of IT managers have little or no idea about what is happening under the hoods of their datacentres, since they have not adopted any datacentre infrastructure management (DCIM) products.

Of those who have deployed DCIM, the report suggested that 75% did it primarily to cut costs.

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DC trends for 2016

The shift from storage to compute and on-demand access; point of presence (PoP) data centers; bringing compute power to the edge of networks; the move to hyperscale; and a greater necessity than ever for data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) to ensure it all works efficiency.

These were among the datacentre trends for 2016 highlighted by CommScope’s John Schmidt in a recent article for DataCenter Dynamics.

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Real estate’s data disconnect

Companies are failing to make best use of estates data in decision-making, according to a report in FM World.

By building on available data and analytics (such as that delivered by our own DeskQUERY™ space utilisation and management software), companies can measure and learn more about their business operations and requirements, using that knowledge to drive optimised estates and facilities strategies.

But the magazine reports on research by real estate group JLL which indicates that despite the benefits to be gained from increasing their use of data and analytics, corporate real estate teams “do not appear to have taken to data and analytics as enthusiastically as might have been expected”.

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The need for speed

Datacenter Dynamics reports that the confusion might be finally be clearing between 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100GbE.

While the move towards cloud computing and the need to provide high-speed connectivity between disparate resources has continued to drive demand for greater performance than 10GbE, adoption of 40GbE has been markedly slowed by the appearance of 25/50GbE.

The article reflects on the bandwidth, cost, energy and future-proofing considerations that should be involved in all near-future Ethernet investments.

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