Recover Data Center Space After IT Infrastructure Outsourcing

Get rid of your extra in-house data center space and equipment before you destroy your outsourcing business case.

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Failure to recover your data center results in:

  • Erosion of the financial benefits from outsourcing
  • High operating expenses
  • Wasted company space
  • Low corporate asset utilization rates

Recovering your data center results in:

  • Significant IT operating expense reductions
  • Recovered space that the business can repurpose
  • Extra capital from disposal and liquidation of unutilized equipment

Module 1: Understand facility requirements and define the target state

The Purpose

  • Determine data center requirements and design a downsized data center.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Estimation of space required to meet current and future needs and space available for repurposing.
  • Established standby power, cooling, fire protection, and physical security needs for your downsized data center.
  • Identification of excess equipment that can be disposed of or liquidated.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Establish which in-house servers, storage, and networking equipment are still in use.
1.2 Determine standby power requirements.
  • Estimated standby power requirements
1.3 Determine cooling requirements.
  • Estimated cooling requirements
1.4 Establish fire protection needs.
  • General fire protection requirements
1.5 Assess physical security needs.
  • Physical security requirements
1.6 Estimate space requirements for the downsized data center.
  • Current and future space requirements
1.7 Design the data center.
  • New data center design

Module 2: Make the case

The Purpose

  • Determine the financial viability of the project.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Decision of whether to proceed with the project.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Evaluate the project benefits.
  • Estimated project benefits and costs.
2.2 Estimate the project costs.
  • Estimated return on investment, payback period, and sensitivity analysis.
2.3 Decide on a course of action.
  • Decision on a course of action.

Module 3: Structure the project

The Purpose

  • Develop a business case to achieve management buy-in for the project.
  • Establish project goals, scope, roles, responsibilities, and metrics to govern the project.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Strong business case to achieve management buy-in.
  • Defined project goals, scope, roles, responsibilities, and metrics.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Document project drivers and goals.
  • Completed Data Center Recovery Detailed Business Case
3.2 Clarify project responsibilities.
3.3 Define project metrics.
3.4 Develop a business case summary to present to senior management.
  • Completed Data Center Recovery Business Case Summary.

Module 4: Develop an action plan

The Purpose

  • Develop a plan that mitigates risks.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Developed action plan that addresses risks associated with disposing of equipment and renovating.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Develop a hardware asset disposition policy.
4.2 Determine how to liquidate and dispose of assets.
4.3 Use a table-top planning exercise to define and visualize the plan.
4.4 Transfer the action plan to the project monitoring tool.
  • Established action plan in the project monitoring tool.

Module 5: Execute the plan

The Purpose

  • Execute the renovation project with help from contractors and monitor the success of the project.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Well-selected contractors for your needs.
  • Good project management that will help to maintain the budget, scope, and time of the project. 

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Hire contractors.
  • Selected contractors for the renovation project
5.2 Manage your assets.
5.3 Monitor the project.
  • A method to monitor the project and track its success

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