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7. Make Consolidation and Rationalization a Continuous Change Program
Data center consolidation has been a topic of discussion for many years, but many large IT organizations struggle to reap the real benefits because they are complex projects spanning many years and often affect a range of applications, according to Gartner. Additionally, the firm noted, in large projects, organizational and political issues often complicate matters.
“Organizations should position these activities as a continuous change rather than a one-off project. Continuous optimization of hardware and physical sites will mean that infrastructure and operations groups are more likely to run at an optimum cost level," Gartner said. "They are also able to plan changes better, such as shutting down a physical site.”
8. Modernize Data Center Facilities
Finally, Gartner predicted changes in the hardware infrastructure environment have focused a lot of attention on the capabilities of data center facilities. The problem lies in the amount of power and cooling that new high density infrastructures require, the firm said, because most data centers are not designed for such power increases and the commensurate rise in costs is typically unsustainable when using older facilities.
“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,” Gartner said. “Another important consideration is when to deploy software tools that report, manage and control a data center's power and cooling elements. Data center infrastructure management tools should be considered as a vital part of data center management.”
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.
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.
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.