Eight Critical Forces Shaping Data Center Strategy

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Modernize data center facilities.

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. 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. 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.

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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