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8 Tips for Shaping Your Data Center Strategy
8 Tips for Shaping Your Data Center Strategy

By Jennifer LeClaire
December 10, 2013 1:58PM

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Gartner said data center managers must modernize the capabilities of their facilities to handle both the emerging hardware technology and the escalation in energy consumption as a result of projected growth in server volume. In addition, Gartner said data center infrastructure management tools are critical to data center management.
 



Data centers are evolving and will continue to evolve. Indeed, Gartner is predicting the importance, role and functionality of data centers will change over the next five years -- and that change could leave many organizations without clarity as to how to plan their future data center architectures.

The bottom line, as Gartner sees it: Technical, fiscal and service delivery concerns will be critical and organizations should plan around eight forces to shape their best data center strategies.

"Over the next five to 10 years most organizations will need to change their approach to previous data center strategies used in the last five to seven years, as most of the world comes out of recession and the nexus of forces -- social, mobile, cloud and information -- affects technology use,” said Rakesh Kumar, research vice president at Gartner. "Historically, data centers have been viewed solely as service delivery centers in which cost and risk must be balanced. Agility, a critical third variable, will become increasingly important in [the] future."

With that in mind, Gartner has identified eight areas to consider when developing a data center strategy that balances cost, risk and agility:

1. Start Deploying Processor, Memory and Power Efficient Technologies

According to Gartner, the next few years will bring significant enhancements to process architectures and the economics of processor and memory components will change. “In-memory computing, where the primary location for application data is the main memory of the computing environment, will become more widely used, helped by ever-cheaper DRAM and NAND flash memory,” the firm said. “At the same time, the use of low-energy processors in servers will increase, with the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption costs.”

2. Move Toward a Balanced Architectural Topology and Delivery Model

The architecture of systems deployed in data centers will change over the next five years and the topology of the data center delivery model is also changing, Gartner predicts. “The use of cloud and a range of hosting providers will continue to increase over the next few years as many organizations shift their IT spending from capital expenditure to operating expenditure,” the firm said. “The boundaries between the traditional types of infrastructure outsourcing -- managed hosting, data center outsourcing (DCO), and DCO-related services such as remote infrastructure management -- are becoming blurred.”

3. Invest in Operational Processes and Improved Tools

Enterprise data centers are centralized and highly critical IT service delivery hubs relying on well-orchestrated operational processes. According to Gartner, this involves understanding, documenting and constantly reviewing end-user service levels and mapping them back into the core IT delivery capabilities. The firm outlined the major areas of concern as being around change, problem, configuration and asset management. (continued...)

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Maureen Robinson:

Posted: 2014-01-23 @ 12:52am PT
There has been a lot written on the disruptive technology shifts to mobile and cloud platforms and the security challenges each bring.
Datacenters don't house just big iron with databases, of course; their main purpose is to serve up the applications on which the enterprise runs. These applications are a primary target for hackers, for they are the lifeblood of the enterprise, storing and managing that critical data that is typically well protected against network-based attacks. Here’s a great article about the threats in data centers and the two emerging risks many of our clients are worried - http://bit.ly/1cE3MFk.

John Johansen:

Posted: 2014-01-02 @ 8:45am PT
@David: Yes, many organizations may have already taken these steps, but as you point out, others are still contemplating best practices to improve their setup. Our company is at that stage and I found this article provides a good list of talking points for working with team.

David:

Posted: 2014-01-01 @ 12:10pm PT
What a load of rubbish, complete with Motherhood statements and tasks which most organisations have already undertaken or are contemplating as part of regular business operations. Sounds like an infomercial.



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