Your data center may have the latest and greatest systems and technology in place, but if it isn't geared toward meeting your, or your customers, needs, you might as well throw the investment down the sewer.
Fortunately, there are a growing number of solutions aimed at evaluating and optimizing the data center around specific business goals.
One of the more interesting developments in this area is the new partnership between Force10 Networks and Isilon Systems. The union combines Force10's "purpose-built data center ecosystem" with Isilon's clustered storage technology to enhance the interoperability between the physical network and the server and storage services it provides.
The combined system is already up and running at Facebook and the San Diego Supercomputing Center.