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4 Steps to Controlling Data Center Costs

4 stepsGetting your data center costs under control is a challenge. It takes constant, diligent work to make sure that your data center resources are being used in the most efficient way possible. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is the ever-constricting IT budget crisis. Beyond that, however, there are compelling reasons to try to keep your costs under control.

Accordingly, you need to take some definitive steps in order to optimize and rationalize every application in the data center. Here are four steps you can take to control data center costs:

1.    Inventory your existing data center applications. This should include the investments made in each, as well as any related costs such as ongoing contracts and maintenance needs.

2.    Create tiers of service for each of these applications. Those tiers should be based on whether the application is business critical, what kind of priorities your organization assigns to the application, as well as any operational requirements that go along with the application.

3.    Create a consistent way to measure and classify your applications. Take into account the tier of service in relation to the overall supportability of the application. This will enable you to identify applications whose costs are greater than their importance. These, then become candidates for replacement.

4.    Use the information you’ve collected to dynamically manage your application portfolio. When a non-critical application requires twice as much in terms of personnel resources, power, service contracts or other resources than a critical application, it’s time to seek out a new solution.

Many companies are turning to service providers to manage their applications portfolio. A third party is less likely to develop unnecessary attachments to given applications, and to identify true areas for efficiency improvements.

If you choose to allow a service provider to perform this function, consider one that is flexible, transparent, and has a history of operational and service excellence.
This kind of application review should be done on a regular basis.

Most organizations could benefit from a yearly audit, while others may not need quite as often in terms of frequency.

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