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Is Your Data Center Optimized?

A data center is the focal point of an organization’s technology infrastructure. When the data center works properly, the organization works properly. If something is amiss at the data center, something is amiss across the organization. At the same time, if the data center isn’t optimized, the organization isn’t optimized.

There are several areas in which a data center can be optimized. From effective business management to power consumption, the data center is ripe with opportunities to increase efficiency and performance all while keeping costs low. When you optimize your data center, you add significant value to your IT assets and you free up valuable resources that can be directed toward business-critical tasks.

Cost Priority Optimization

IT budgets are dropping, and managers are finding it harder and harder to convince senior executives of the justification for data center expenses. An optimized data center, however, is about more than just cost. It’s about what business processes are supported by the data center, how critical those processes are, and what the impact of a temporary loss of service is. A server that handles stock trading is, for example, more valuable than a server that hosts a HR intranet.

Value assessment is part of the optimization process. Determining which systems are business critical and funneling proportionate budgets to those systems will help insure their availability and reliability. Using lower-cost equipment for business-critical applications is akin to scaling down from semi-trucks to pickups. You won’t be able to deliver your product on time, and you’ll have significantly higher operating costs than if you just pay for the right equipment up front.

Platforming Optimization
Another part of this process is choosing the right platform for a given job. You need to choose a platform that has the performance, availability and reliability you need, and that’s scalable. The more mission-critical the application, the more unique the platform has to be.

Platforming is, of course, tied closely to cost priority. In most cases, mission-critical applications that require a unique platform are more expensive than systems that are not mission-critical. The key to watch out for is less critical applications that demand a high degree of uniqueness. If you have relatively basic materials management needs yet have a highly-customized system in the data center, it may be time to consider a move.

Power Optimization

More than political or altruistic concerns, there are solid business reasons to optimize the power requirements in your data center. Fortunately, technology manufacturers are making great strides in this area. From “green” servers to more efficient cooling systems, there are plenty of options available to data center managers today.

One study estimates than around one percent of the power at a data center reaches the processor. There is power loss in the electrical distribution network. There are power losses in the conversion process, as well. Perhaps the area that consumes the most power, however, is cooling. Reducing power consumption in these areas will increase your data center's optimization.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.