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Eight Critical Forces Shaping Data Center Strategy

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    Make consolidation and rationalization a continuous change program.

    Data center consolidation has been a topic of discussion for many years, but many large IT organizations struggle to reap the real benefits because they are complex projects spanning many years and often affect a range of applications. Additionally, in large projects, organizational and political issues often complicate matters.

    Organizations should position these activities as a continuous change rather than a one-off project. Continuous optimization of hardware and physical sites will mean that infrastructure and operations groups are more likely to run at an optimum cost level. They are also able to plan changes better, such as shutting down a physical site.

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Eight Critical Forces Shaping Data Center Strategy

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    Make consolidation and rationalization a continuous change program.

    Data center consolidation has been a topic of discussion for many years, but many large IT organizations struggle to reap the real benefits because they are complex projects spanning many years and often affect a range of applications. Additionally, in large projects, organizational and political issues often complicate matters.

    Organizations should position these activities as a continuous change rather than a one-off project. Continuous optimization of hardware and physical sites will mean that infrastructure and operations groups are more likely to run at an optimum cost level. They are also able to plan changes better, such as shutting down a physical site.

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.