Time to Move the Data Center

Michael Vizard
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10 Steps to Increasing Data Center Efficiency and Availability

A systematic approach to building data center infrastructure management.

One of the challenges with managing any data center is expansion. All too often, the data center is part of a larger facility that didn't take into account the need for expansion when the building was first constructed.

There wasn't much to do about this issue except move; that is, until server vendors started rolling out data center containers, the latest of which is a new offering from Cisco. The Cisco Containerized Data Center is similar in concept to offerings from other server vendors. The question then is how ready is the IT organization to move its data centers into these environments, which can be parked in just about any nearby parking lot.

According to Brian Koblenz, Cisco CTO for modular data centers, what makes containerized data centers so attractive is that they can be constructed and delivered in 90 to 120 days, versus the months of construction required to either build a new data center or expand an existing one.


In addition, an IT organization could actually resell the entire container to help recoup its initial investment, or pay for an upgrade to the next one. That's a significant issue these days because server processing requirements continue to advance at a fairly rapid clip. That means that the lifecycle of the average data center, even in spite of virtualization, might actually be getting shorter as the number of servers in the environment continues to increase.

Traditional approaches to data center management are a challenge, and not just for large companies such as Google. Companies of all sizes are starting to rethink the physical dimensions of the data center, so don't be too surprised to see a whole lot more in the way of modular containers that accommodate the needs of a larger enterprise as well as smaller offerings that can be used by companies of almost any size.

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