Linux is a durable platform to keep day-to-day operations of IT more efficient: Symantec
According to a recent survey by Symantec on the current complex data center environment, it has been revealed that 79 percent of organizations have globally reported increase of complexity in the data center. The data center is transforming beyond recognition, with the introduction of new technologies into everyday business, and these changes can either act as a sail to catch the wind and accelerate growth, or an anchor holding organizations back. The difference is up to organizations who can meet the challenges head on by implementing controls such as standardization or establishing an information governance strategy to keep information from becoming a liability.
This complexity has been found to impact all areas of computing, most notably security and infrastructure, as well as disaster recovery, storage and compliance.
Yet, 66 percent of Indian organizations say that they perform somewhat/significantly worse in disaster recovery tests because of data center complexity, owing to which over half (53 percent) respondents have less confidence in their DR plan. In fact, the typical organization globally experienced an average of 16 data center outages in the past 12 months, at a total cost of $5.1 million.
Symantec believes that Linux is an important tool which can help in creating the IT environment required in the data center. Businesses that utilize a Linux-based infrastructure are looking to maximize their IT investments while retaining control of their resources. The flexibility and open-source architecture of Linux technology can be used to support the need of the users as well as help to run the mission-critical systems effectively while keeping costs low.
For organizations to keep their Linux-heavy data center up and running, Symantec has recommended focusing on certain areas such as advanced failover, automation and replication across technology from different vendors.