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Is Your Data Center Strategy at a Crossroad?

Posted On: July 07, 2016

Topic: Data Centers

IsYourDataCenter_Blog-1.jpg While enterprises have long managed their own data centers in-house, aging facilities, escalating energy costs, infrastructure sprawl, and widespread cloud adoption are forcing IT organizations to make changes. IT executives are at a crossroad, facing difficult choices to repair, replace or hybridize their data centers.  Leaders are realizing that owning and operating your own data center is not the best use of the IT resources that they have available.

Aging facilities are the largest issue for IT directors. Many data centers have been in operation since the Clinton administration, and while newer hardware has been added as technology evolved, the basic infrastructure of these systems is still decades old. Adding new hardware on top of the old adds complication to the management of the infrastructure as well as impacts performance and security. The prospect of completely replacing aging infrastructure, however, is expensive and time-consuming.

Energy costs are also becoming a major weight on IT budgets. The average data center in the US is close to 20 years old and, and most facilities are unable to meet today’s power demands. Newer hardware is a drain on energy, and running higher-power-density technologies in an aging data center requires a significant capital investment. Energy consumption can be especially expensive for centers processing smaller volumes of data, including the floor space it takes to house the data center. Reducing costs and improving performance may require a move to a facility that can accommodate growing needs.

Perhaps most importantly, cloud technology is revolutionizing the data center landscape. Many businesses are moving to a hybrid cloud solution, increasing the complexity of managing the organization’s infrastructure. Aging data centers built before the cloud movement aren’t well-equipped to handle the transition.

In order to stay competitive, the old paradigm for the data center must be discarded. Here are four best practices to ensure future success:

  1. Define your total cost of ownership and performance objectives.

Analyzing the efficacy of your data center requires knowing how much you’re really spending. Make sure to include all costs of maintaining a data center, including security, environmental controls, energy and facility maintenance. Once you know what you’re spending, you are in a better position to deduce where costs can be cut.

Next, clearly define performance objectives for your data. These should be goals that can be objectively measured, such as performance, speed, power efficiency and network downtime.

  1. Identify the key actions for successful migration to the cloud and execute them.

Migrating to the cloud is a multi-step process that requires research and planning. In short, you will need to formulate a migration strategy, identify the tools you will be using and prepare for hiccups in the process. It is not uncommon to experience unexpected costs and security problems while migrating to the cloud.

  1. Learn to manage success in a risk-averse culture.

It’s no secret that enterprises, especially large ones, have a risk-averse culture. This can affect the cloud migration process because there are risks inherent to the process. Don’t expect that the migration process will be smooth sailing, but do keep in mind the many benefits of the cloud outweigh the obstacles.

  1. Ensure security and compliance.

Security risks can pose a major barrier to migration to the cloud, especially for companies who legally need to protect data to the highest standards. To address the risk, make sure that your migration plan addresses physical security as well as cybersecurity.

Finding the Right Data Center Solution for Your Organization

Not all data centers are created equal, and in order to select the right solution for your organization, you will need to evaluate your infrastructure needs based on your unique business drivers.  As your organization exits the cost-prohibitive, on-premises data center, you will need to research the best alternative whether it is a cloud, hybrid, or colocation model.

OneNeck IT Solutions is an experience provider of hybrid IT and colocation alternatives to provide the agility, scalability, security and reliability you need in a data center solution for your organization.  OneNeck helps you to cost-effectively keep up with modern data demands and future-proof your infrastructure by leveraging our state-of-the-art facilities.