Modern Data Centre

Modern Data Centre: Agility to Thrive through Digital Disruption

In today’s world, technology is a key driver of business success. The way businesses interact with technology is changing, and new innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and blockchain are designed for modern cloud environments, not traditional data centres. However, while organisations are embracing cloud technology in ever-increasing numbers, some workloads aren’t designed for cloud and are best placed on-premises for security or compliance reasons. Despite these challenges, your critical applications must be accessed securely from anywhere, at any time.

Becoming the Department of Yes

IT professionals are fully aware of the impact they can have on competitive advantage, and they want to say yes to requests to a fast turnaround. Making changes to legacy environments has traditionally been cumbersome and provisioning a new business app could take months. Fortunately, modern data centre technology has come a long way, and previously siloed elements such as network, storage, and compute are managed as a single, software-defined resource, based on application needs.
Data#3 works with world-leaders such as Cisco, DELL, HP Enterprise, and Lenovo to build outcomes that let the IT department say yes to a fast turnaround on new opportunities.

The Risk of Aging Infrastructure

Gartner predicts that 80% of organisations will migrate completely away from on-premises data centres by 2025*. This transition is a complex process that takes time and experience. Stretching out the lifecycle of existing infrastructure carries considerable risk, not only in terms of costly support and potential data breaches, but also in lost opportunity. What organisation, at a time of digital transformation, can afford not to make the most of its data resources?

Valuing Legacy, Embracing the New

Seeking out new opportunities is essential in modern business, but that doesn’t mean that legacy applications should be discarded. At Data#3, our approach is to understand the important part each application plays in your business. We take time to learn what every application needs to achieve the right performance, and then we build the flexible, scalable environment that will give the right support for your workloads.

Traditional on-premises data centre infrastructure can no longer keep pace as the popularity of the cloud, explosion in IoT devices and the trends towards AI and automation continue to gather momentum. In fact, Gartner anticipates that 80% of organisations will migrate entirely away from on-premises data centres by 20251.

As organisations move toward a more scalable and agile cloud-first IT foundation, the data centre is fundamentally changing. Today, wherever data is created, processed and used is where the data centre resides, extending out across multiple public and private clouds to the edge of the network. This shift is delivering the speed, agility and scalability required to embrace innovation in the enterprise, but organisations must prepare today to capitalise on these opportunities.

Data centre and network modernisation

Our Cisco data centre solutions deliver the automation and efficiency needed to achieve more in less time, at lower costs, and with fewer resources. Offering unprecedented levels of automation and efficiency, software-defined data centre (SDDC) solutions free the application layer from the physical infrastructure layer, to enable flexible deployment, management, storage, computing and networking applications for the private, hybrid or multi-cloud environment.

  • Centralised, single management point
  • Seamless workload mobility across data centre and cloud
  • Automated across all devices, applications and security
  • Leverages the power of AI
  • Consistent security policies across your on-premises and cloud environments
  • Supports multi-site and multi-cloud environments
  • Rapid provisioning
  • Reduced TCO and advanced cost controls
  • Cloud-level speed and agility, efficient use of IT infrastructure with applications hosted anywhere

The data centre transformed with hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI)

Hyper-convergence brings cloud-like simplicity on-premises. Within a single, easily managed platform, HCI combines compute, virtualisation, storage, and networking to simplify data centre operations, centralise resources and management, and improve performance and scalability.

Veeam on Cisco HyperFlex teams the Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform with Cisco’s industry-leading HCI solution – HyperFlex – to create a new, highly resilient data management platform. Developed as an antidote to legacy infrastructure pain points – complex workload management, high running and maintenance costs and rigid and inflexible systems – Veeam on Cisco HyperFlex provides the hyper-availability required by today’s enterprises.

With Veeam on Cisco HyperFlex, IT teams have the right tools to increase operational efficiency and adaptability to handle more workloads in the data centre while reducing the complexity of purchase, implementation and support.

  • Highly scalable
  • Support for multi-cloud hybrid cloud environments
  • Integrated, modern data protection solution
  • Enterprise-grade software on enterprise-grade infrastructure
  • Any data, any cloud, any app, anywhere
  • HyperFlex is a leader in Gartner’s HCI magic quadrant

Three ways to start your data centre modernisation journey

1. Contact a Data#3 Cisco specialist to request a Shadow Data Audit to quickly identify your risky data and cloud apps.


2. Request a trial of the Cisco Customer Workload Optimisation Manager in your own environment. We’ll provision the trial before returning with detailed information around your workload consumption, costs and compliance constraints.

3. If you’re ready to start the data centre modernisation conversation, reach out to our expert team today.

Why Data#3?

Data#3 is the safe pair of hands when looking to modernise your data centre. As a proud Cisco Master Partner and reigning Cisco ANZ Partner of the Year, ANZ Software Partner of the Year and ANZ Customer Experience Partner of the Year, our experienced team is uniquely positioned to help you achieve your business objectives.

  • Deep expertise in data centre modernisation
  • Cross-industry experience
  • Unparalleled software lifecycle expertise
  • A global network of tools and resources
  • Deep knowledge of Cisco products
  • Security practice strength
  • Proactive and world-class service

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1.Gartner (2018). Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Trends Impacting Infrastructure and Operations for 2019. [Online] Available at: https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2018-12-04-gartner-identifies-the-top-10-trends-impacting-infras


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