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Future-Proof the Data Center

Even the cloud is a data center. Incorporate new roles, processes, and technologies into your data center roadmap.

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Your Challenge

  • There are numerous changes, large and small, that are being pushed into the data center, and it is difficult to know which are appropriate for an organization. Organizations must find a way to evaluate the effect these would have on the data center.
  • With the proliferation of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS providers, data centers are now effectively competing with external providers for internal IT provisioning.
  • The changing nature of IT, driven by trends like cloud, big data, social media, and mobile, is affecting the business’s relationship with the data center, and IT needs to learn to adapt to this shift.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • The data center cannot say no to every change without risking being cut out of the loop, but it also must maintain the reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) required by the organization. The data center must have a consistent framework for assessing changes that takes these competing goals into account.
  • The data center is no longer just a room filled with servers. Data centers need to adapt to the changing IT environment by focusing on the role of providing RAS in the most cost-effective manner.
  • Assessing technologies needs to be about whether the technology is right for your organization and whether it is mature enough for adoption.

Impact and Result

  • Embrace new technologies and design models for the data center, while still maintaining reliability, availability, and serviceability.
  • Understand the evolving role of the data center from a physical space to a business model.
  • Evaluate changes to the data center using objective criteria and decide what to add to your roadmap or agenda.
  • Review Info-Tech’s evaluation of several of the latest trends and determine if they might work for your organization.

Research & Tools

1. Understand the changing data center environment

Enable the organization to meet changing business requirements.

2. Evaluate potential changes to the data center

Determine what to place on your data center roadmap.

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