Modernization. Paradigm shift. Optimization. These words are as relevant to data centers as they are to the evolving business landscape. So, how has modernization affected the data centers? What is the difference between data center modernization and data center consolidation? How can you modernize your approach to your data centers?
Data center modernization, unlike other things, never ends; rather, it is a continuous improvement cycle. Other processes, like data center consolidation and virtualization, are only stepping stones to modernization. You enter the iterative process of modernization when you keep up with the changes in data center infrastructure for making it more efficient.
Gartner recommends applying modernization projects to your data centers through a structured approach:
Determine maximum achievable energy efficiency and cost savings that data center modernization can bring to your firm. Evaluate its effect on every corner of your IT infrastructure. Use metrics to compare the set values with achieved amounts and ROIs.
Decide on the number, locations and configurations of your data centers. Evaluate whether affordable colocation or data center outsourcing is beneficial for these. Accordingly make changes in your business continuity plans and foster cloud computing strategies for your firm.
Selecting the best solution
Research and analyze before you choose and implement best strategies, technologies and plans for harvesting greater energy efficiency, agility and availability from your data centers. Differentiate between the ‘real Green projects’ and fake industry anticipations.
For optimizing costs, focus on multitier designs, incremental build strategy, and immediate requirements rather than long term growth, legacy hardware integration, innovations, etc.
Operating and evolving
Put the plans into action; continue monitoring your operational efficiency and ROIs. Keep pace with industry requirements and technological advancements. Implement server consolidation processes and virtual servers for preventing virtual server sprawl.