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8 Tips for Shaping Your Data Center Strategy

8 Tips for Shaping Your Data Center Strategy
By Jennifer LeClaire

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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.
 



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“Looking ahead, areas such as enterprise security, data management and mapping business processes to core IT processes, will become even more critical -- and as agility becomes an increasingly important measure of data center value, improvements in operational processes are vital,” Gartner said.

4. Integrate Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity into Your Core Data Center Strategy

With socioeconomic turbulence in many regions of the world and changes to corporate governance affecting many business areas, Gartner said strong and well-documented disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) planning is essential for all large data centers.

“However, this must evolve from a separate, specialized project plan into an integral part of the overall data center strategy,” the firm added. “The move away from a ‘just-in-case’ strategy to making BC and DR a part of continuous data operations will reduce cost and potentially improve agility.”

5. Manage Capacity Growth through Data Analysis

Over the next five years, most organizations will notice a significant increase in hardware -- storage, server and network -- capacity, extending to network traffic, data center floor space, power and cooling. As organizations start developing the next generation of applications based on the nexus of forces, Gartner said there will be a surge in demand for storage and backup systems and new roles, such as data engineers, will multiply. The firm noted this increasing but nonlinear capacity is a key a force that must be considered in all data center strategies.

6. Plan for Operating System and Application Changes

Gartner also predicted changes in the next five years to the operating system diversity in most large data centers. A steady migration away from UNIX onto the Linux platform will take place, the firm said. The Windows environment will continue to grow and the IBM Z O/S will see expansion in certain geographies and contraction in others.

“These changes will be significant, causing disruption to hardware architectures, application designs and service levels,” the firm said. “Gartner recommends UNIX migration plans start by 2014 for all applications, except those with extreme uptime, latency and compliance requirements. Other applications with sensitive client information/access can occur later, around 2017.” (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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