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How to Consolidate Data Center Services

Today’s economic and business environment is putting a lot of pressure on CIOs and on IT departments. Several factors have created a perfect storm in which IT departments are expected to produce more and more and offer more advanced services, and to do it with less money.

On top of this, the distributed workforce means that the end users aren’t necessarily in the same location as the data center. Trying to make the data center accessible while at the same time consolidating and optimizing puts a huge amount of strain on the bottom line.

Fortunately, by consolidating your data center services, you can offer your users more without having to increase your budgets. Here are some of the most cost-effective ways to consolidate your data center services:

Get the Big Picture

Look at more than just server counts. If you’re going to consolidate your data center services, you need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Look at physical locations, if you have multiple data centers, and consider moving from several smaller data centers to a lower number of larger centers.

This is true inside a single data center, too. You need to make sure you have an accurate assessment of your existing facility, infrastructure and assets. Make sure the footprint within the data center isn’t any larger than it needs to be.

Develop a Roadmap

Data center consolidation requires that you take specific steps in a specific order. Make sure you know from one day to the next what changes are taking place and what the impact will be during the process.

Working through the roadmap will help you understand contingencies, as well. When you decommission a given server and move its applications to another, for example, you need to be able to identify what other apps need to be redirected.

Communication is Key

Both within your data center and within your organization, consolidation requires open lines of communication. You need to make sure that any affected business units know what to expect during and after the consolidation process. Whether it’s a matter of notifying about a brief outage or whether it’s watching for some sort of performance impact on the end user, you need to be able to get information out to your users and to be able to get feedback from them.

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