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4 Principles for Data Center Retooling

data centerManaging a data center means constantly juggling resources so that you have enough floor space, enough power and enough cooling to deal with constantly-changing demands. Every time a business unit decides it needs an additional functionality in terms of tech, that’s another footprint in the data center and another IT “mouth to feed” in terms of administrative and support tasks.

There are a number of ways you can respond to this phenomenon. One, of course, is to just sort of haphazardly add to your data center until it’s busting at the seams. At that point, you build a newer and better data center. This is not a particularly efficient model, of course, but it’s one that many companies seem to want to use.

The best solution is to retool your data center from the ground up. If you’re going to make those kinds of drastic changes, however, there are some important principles you need to follow:

1. Weigh the alternatives carefully. You need to look at the data center from a number of angles, and that takes some serious time. You need to consider things like cost reduction, reliability and integration. You need to not only consider the alternatives that are available, but you need to figure out which ones meet your needs as well as your budget.

2. Drop your preconceptions. You need to approach the data center question with an open mind. That means everything from considering a third-party provider for your data center needs to doing everything in-house. You need to forget what you know about cloud computing, for example, and see if it really makes sense for you.

3. Reconsider which applications you’ll host. The cloud does present many options to organizations. You might offload email to Google, for example, like Villanova did with its 10,000 student email accounts.

4. Do what’s best for your users. Base everything in your data center – from your support procedures to your resources – on meeting user needs. If any part of your data center retooling will make it difficult for your power users or your first adapters to get access to business critical applications, you need to rethink that process.

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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.