Brocade’s recent appointment of Redington as its distributor for the SAARC region encompassing India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan is significant because the data center market is growing at a robust pace in this region. Market researcher IDC predicts that the data center market in India alone will continue to grow at a CAGR of almost 35 per cent over the next two years.
Much of this growth will result from the business growth and expansion of large and medium enterprises across diverse industry sectors including Telecom, BFSI and Retail and Infrastructure. The Telcos, for instance, will scale up their networks to offer 3G and other services. A number of leading banks, both in the private and public sector are on a branch expansion mode and many are experimenting on new product delivery on internet and mobile platforms. Infrastructure and retail sectors are also expected to scale up their business operations considerably over the next couple of years, hence the need for greater data center capacities and the growth in data center networks.
The growth in data center capacities will mean a corresponding growth in both structured and unstructured data on the networks which will eventually lead to increased complexity. Consequently, enterprises will have to look for new ways to manage the complexity and at the same time derive greater efficiencies out of their IT infrastructure. Moving forward, enterprises will be looking increasingly at virtualized infrastructure and highly optimized converged networks that not only deliver high performance but also bring benefits in terms of considerable cost reductions.
In such a scenario, Cloud Computing is the technology paradigm that has the potential to help IT departments get the most out of their networks. While critics and pundits alike tend to question the readiness of Indian enterprises to adopt the cloud computing paradigm, there are ample signs to indicate that cloud computing services have many takers. A few players have already launched cloud services and many more are in the pipeline.
The other interesting development is that Indian enterprises, both large and mid-sized, are evincing keen interest in the private cloud computing model. Many organizations which have already made considerable investments in IT infrastructure are evaluating how they can create a cloud environment within their firewalls.
This is because private cloud helps an organization provision or de-provision IT as a service to its various departments depending on requirements and will even bill the departments for usage. It is in this context that the Brocade One unified network architecture assumes significance. As enterprises in India transition to virtual environments and experiment with cloud computing models, they will require platforms and building blocks that take out the complexity and configurable. In addition, changes to the infrastructure have to be made in coordination with other data center resources such as storage and computing elements—effectively blurring the line between what have traditionally been silos of IT resources.
The tie-up with Redington is therefore prime as it uniquely positions Brocade in the SAARC region, reaching out to the most diverse and remote part of the region through Redington’s 15000 strong reseller network.