Exploit New Data Center Architectures to Reduce Infrastructure Footprint and Costs

Future-proof your data center investments. Prepare to exploit tomorrow’s disruptive infrastructure changes today.

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Failing to evaluate emerging opportunities and challenges can lead to:

  • Missed opportunities to exploit innovative features and functions
  • Architecture and compatibility problems when trying to migrate new standards
  • Inefficiency due to duplication or poorly scheduled roll-outs
  • Reliability risks caused by trying to cover capacity gaps with out-of-support assets

A disciplined approach to roadmapping emerging technologies will give you:

  • Concrete assessments of value and readiness
  • More time to test and pilot new technologies

Module 1: Change Is Coming – Get Ready to Exploit It

The Purpose

Visualize a five-year timeline for plans around core data center technologies: servers, storage, and networking.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Exposes risks, gaps, and opportunities.
  • Helps share knowledge among team members across technology domain boundaries.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Populate the roadmap with current state and established milestone information
  • Infrastructure roadmap update/overview
1.2 Define the roadmap’s time frame; review asset lifecycles
1.3 Identify gaps, risks, and challenges on the roadmap
  • Risks and opportunities analysis
1.4 Identify opportunities on the roadmap

Module 2: Assess Disruptive Technologies

The Purpose

Understand disruptions affecting each layer of the hardware stack.

Key Benefits Achieved

Avoid the risks and exploit the benefits of disruptive technologies sooner by deciding when to adopt, pilot, or test.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Use Info-Tech’s technology monitor to assess readiness and value of disruptive technologies: SDN, ARM-based processors, SoC architectures, SSDs, In-memory computing
  • SWOT analyses of disruptive technologies
  • Technology monitor analysis

Module 3: Develop Action Plans

The Purpose

Develop a comprehensive implementation strategy.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Get to action sooner by clarifying requirements, responsibilities, and milestones.
  • Manage stakeholders by communicating the benefits, costs, and risks of disruptive technologies.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Position disruptive technology actions on the roadmap
3.2 Validate the business rationale for disruptive technologies
3.3 Develop action plans and milestones
  • Emerging Technology Plans
3.4 Consider alternative technologies

Module 4: Communicate and Execute the Roadmap

The Purpose

Compile the New Technology Exploitation Plan.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Get to action sooner by clarifying requirements, responsibilities, and milestones.
  • Manage stakeholders by communicating the benefits, costs, and risks of disruptive technologies.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Validate and compile outputs from previous activities
  • New Technology Exploitation Plan

Module 5: Wrap Up

The Purpose

Compile a standard operating procedure document (SOP).

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Proactively identify and exploit future disruptive technologies.
  • Continuously improve your organization’s ability to exploit disruptive technology.

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Define responsibilities, milestones, and indicators for progress and success
  • Infrastructure Roadmapping SOP
5.2 Establish or update your annual roadmapping calendar
5.3 Establish a process for making changes to the roadmap

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