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Top 5 Dangers of Data Center Consolidation

data center consolidationTimes are tough, and most executives today recognize that pouring money into a data center is a political hot potato. Companies recognize that an optimized data center is a necessity rather than a luxury, but at the same time they’re hesitant to fund it until there’s a problem to be fixed.

At the same time this has been happening, virtualized environments and cloud computing have made significant inroads into the industry. This combination of internal and external pressures has created an environment in which data center consolidation and even relocation have become commonplace.

Unfortunately, data center consolidation is prospect that’s ripe for disaster. If you’re not ahead of the game, your data center consolidation can become a voracious, budget-eating nightmare.

Here are some of the biggest data center consolidation dangers, and how to avoid them:

1.    Not knowing where you’re starting from. Data center consolidation is supposed to make things more efficient and increase service level offerings. If you don’t establish baselines prior to data center consolidation, you can’t truly know whether or not your move makes any sense, and whether it was worth it from a TCO perspective.

2.    Poor planning. Data center moves are complex and require all sorts of hardware, expertise and services. You need to be able to identify things like application dependencies, which aren’t always apparent in organizations with an organic data center design. This requires a great deal of knowledge collection and analysis, which takes time and resources many organizations are reluctant to give.

3.    Missing power requirements. Old school data center design assumed fewer cores per square foot, and therefore less power. 60 watts per square foot might have been fine a decade ago, but today’s equipment requires between 150 and 300.

4.    Making changes or upgrades during the moves. The worst time to drive server virtualization is during a move. Make your virtualization moves prior to any physical move, or you’re asking for trouble.

5.    Ignoring experience. Most organizations don’t have expertise on site when it comes to data center moves. You need to look at your roster and see who’s been through this kind of dramatic change, and rely on their experience and expertise to avoid some of the natural pitfalls that come from data center consolidation.


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