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With every new Intel chip comes a proliferation of next-generation servers, always faster and better performing than the one before. But no matter how exciting the new technology sounds, it still comes down to the human factor: There are still real people plugging servers into racks and connecting cables to make the power of IT a reality. IT pros today have to do more with less, making ease of maintenance top of mind, so it’s important – and now possible with new technology – to architect solutions that can eliminate the mundane maintenance tasks that have taken as much as 80 percent of IT pros’ time on a daily basis, leaving only 20 percent for innovation, and flip those numbers upside down.

Information is the cornerstone for all businesses, but data centers have become crowded and inefficient. More servers means more switches, cabinets and cables as well. IT leaders contained server sprawl and costs through virtualization and a converged infrastructure. Then, they turned to cloud computing to increase agility and do more with less. But none of this has fundamentally changed the way IT pros work yet. The question is, how can CIOs move their data center forward, keeping up with the future; what’s the next step? Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, has identified five strategic IT moves that will help CIOs do just that.

“We’ve all heard the claim that IT pros spend 80 percent of their time on maintenance and 20 percent on strategic IT objectives, but it’s time to start turning those numbers upside down,” says Brandon Harris, vice president, HP solutions for Logicalis. “The technology, the solutions, the capabilities exist today to take advantage of what’s already in place, make changes where they’re needed, and create an IT environment that mirrors what was once held up as a future ideal.” Harris says it’s important to note that creating the data center of tomorrow today doesn’t mean throwing out what’s already in place and starting from scratch.  To find out more, Harris suggests CIOs read a Logicalis eBook, “Elements of Design: How the Data Center of Today Can Be the Data Center for Tomorrow.”

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