Yesterday, a Data Center. Tomorrow, a Center of Data. Cyxtera Now.

Russell Cozart • April 21, 2021 • 3 minute read

Hybrid IT, Enterprise Bare Metal, Connectivity in Data Centers



Back in the salad days of IT, when laptops were the shiny new things and iPhones were just a glint in Steve Jobs’ eye, businesses took the approach that in order to protect themselves, IT absolutely, positively had to remain inhouse and under proverbial lock and key. But the rules and regulations governing who could do what with whom and when were so confining that it often took inordinate amounts of time to get anything through the pipeline. And that could mean losing a client.

Before too long, businesses units began to take matters into their own hands, and, like a teenager who’s been grounded, found ways to bend the rules. The ensuing era of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and the accompanying hodge-podge of services and apps led to some corporate IT departments loosening the reins. In doing so, however, many lost control altogether as business units purchased and deployed their own solutions with little understanding of how they would interface with other units, branches, and customers. Rather than simplifying matters, this scenario merely added exponential layers of complexity and risk, creating more of a Mad Max IT environment than a tightly run ship.

Agility lost; agility found

As Gartner points out in Infrastructure Is Everywhere: The Evolution of Data Centers[w]hat many IT leaders are discovering is that while this newer world may appear more agile to the business, it is in fact more complex and difficult to manage and to change than traditional infrastructures.

To streamline operations and preserve, if not claw back, their ability to react and pivot swiftly, companies have begun to rethink how they manage their IT infrastructure:

Per Gartner: “Rather than looking at IT infrastructure as something that needs to be optimized to reduce operating costs, IT architects, CTOs and CIOs are reversing their viewpoints and looking at infrastructure as the vehicle to solve business problems. Issues like customer experience management, data sovereignty, evolving partner ecosystems, geographic or site-specific workloads, the IoT, and edge computing can all be addressed through a comprehensive infrastructure delivery strategy. This puts workloads and data where they make the most sense for the business. Rather than data centers, we are moving toward centers of data, placed and optimized to provide the most business value.

In this center-of-data-driven future, global reach is paramount, and it no longer comes down to either cloud or colo. With 61 data centers spanning 29 global markets, and connectivity options through more than 600 networks, we deliver the local, global and cloud interconnection that today’s distributed, hybrid IT organizations need. We’re more than a place to house data — we connect our customers to the world.

Our customers are only a port away from the 140 network service providers and numerous low-latency cloud on-ramps that reside in the Cyxtera ecosystem. Key markets offer fully automated click-and-connect provisioning platforms, while the Cyxtera Marketplace lets customers find and connect to a world of potential providers and partners. Our highly interconnected ecosystem allows our partners and customers to remain flexible, agile, and interconnected.

According to Gartner “By 2022, 60% of enterprise IT infrastructures will focus on centers of data, rather than traditional data centers.” Why wait a year, or even a month, to scale your business when with Cyxtera you can start today?

Contact us and learn how we can put the world at your fingertips.

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Gartner Infrastructure Is Everywhere: The Evolution of Data Centers

Cappuccio, Gill, 18 January, 2021.



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Russell Cozart Senior Vice President, Marketing & Product Strategy, Cyxtera

Russell Cozart

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Product Strategy, Cyxtera