Eight Critical Forces Shaping Data Center Strategy

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Plan for operating system and application changes.

During the next five years, changes will be made to the operating system diversity in most large data centers. A steady migration away from UNIX onto the Linux platform will take place, the Windows environment will continue to grow and the IBM z/OS 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. 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.

The importance, role and functionality of data centers will change over the next five years, leaving many organizations unclear on how to plan their future data center architectures, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner said 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 future."

Agility is the speed at which the IT organization responds to business needs such as greater use of mobile and social information to market products, or contactless payment systems. The ability of the IT organization to respond quickly to these changes will be a reflection of its agility.

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


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