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6 IT strategies to stay ahead of data centre trends

Stephanie Overby | March 10, 2014
Automation, virtualisation, cloud computing -- these technology trends are transforming the data center and enabling companies to lower costs, increase flexibility and improve reliability. However, these shifts require IT, and their outsourcing providers, to rethink traditional strategies.

3. Design for high-density platforms. Old world data centers had an average density or five kilowatts per cabinet. High-density racks more than double that. Bake that into data center plans, because retrofitting an existing data center to manage the power and cooling required can be prohibitively expensive, Wright says.

4. Find the right balance. "Utilize hybrid solutions that play to your organizational strengths," says Wright. "Mixing a small on premise footprint or a colocation facility with cloud services often provides the best of old and new worlds."

5. Factor in legacy applications. A major sticking point is how to deal with legacy applications — 1980s era technology that's not suited to moving to a new data center environment or which cannot be virtualized. Do you retire and replace them? Keep them running in tandem?

"The reality is that many of these are still stable platforms, and there is no compelling business reason to upgrade," says Wright. "This is a very common issue. How do you keep the legacy platform as a part of the virtualized or automated data center, or what do you do if legacy platforms are anchoring you to an old world data center?"

6. Think like a user. "The biggest challenge is assembling and integrating all these advances into a holistic solution so it looks complete to the end user," Wright says. "Exposing the end user to multiple different user experiences depending on data center location or solutions can be a major cause of business dissatisfaction with IT services." Create a consistent user experience regardless of where a service is delivered from or how it is provisioned.

 

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