Current IT trends such as cloud computing, automation and virtualization are changing the way data centers operate. Companies are moving their on-premise infrastructure out, in an attempt to lower costs, increase flexibility, improve reliability and establish portability. Change in IT happens rapidly; while the shift in data center environments is still on the upswing, don’t find yourself behind. Below are six strategies for staying ahead of data center trends.
1. Invest in Highly-Skilled Resources
The skill set required of “old” data center professionals was physical in nature, calling for frequent installation of software and running of cables. As a result, there were more people on-staff to manage the hands-on work. New data center environments require fewer people, but demand for highly-skilled engineers is on the rise. These individuals must have a solid understanding of operating systems, across different platforms in order to ensure proper functionality.
2. Rethink Infrastructure Outsourcing
Cloud and virtualization technologies are reducing the need for heavy physical environments. While companies are outsourcing infrastructure, they are opting to keep architectural control in-house. This cuts costs tremendously as organizations leverage different providers in low-cost delivery centers.
3. Plan for High-Density Platforms
Modern data centers feature high-density racks which require tremendous amounts of power and cooling capabilities. For example, “old” data centers averaged five-kilowatts per cabinet, whereas new high-density racks require double. The lesson here is that retrofitting an old data center to meet current IT demand will be too expensive.
4. Find a Balance
The questions remains, stay on-premise or outsource everything? There isn’t a one-size fits all solution, however you can choose to implement a hybrid strategy. Focus on your company’s strengths and future goals when making a decision.
5. Decide What to do with Old (1980’s era) Technology
Almost every organization has some piece of old technology (also known as a legacy application) that they are still running, and chances are it’s in pretty good shape. The problem however, is that these old applications cannot be virtualized or moved. Do you upgrade or keep them running alongside newer technologies? Develop a plan for what you intend to do with your legacy applications.
6. Put Yourself in the User’s Shoes
While back-end infrastructure is complex in nature, you must think like a user to deliver a consistent user experience. A major source of frustration comes when users are presented with different solutions as a result of a non-cohesive strategy.
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