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3 Data Center Optimization Keys

data centerYour data center is not only the center of your infrastructure, it is in many ways the center of your business. If the data center isn’t optimized, the business isn’t optimized. Accordingly, there are some basic principles you need to follow in terms of getting the most out of your data center.

  1. Data center priorities must match business priorities. When you match up your data center resources to the true business needs of your organization, you find that things just run more smoothly. Understanding which business processes are supported by which data center components allows you to provide the kind of service levels you need to be able to provide in order to keep things humming along smoothly. If your data center runs based on its own priorities and needs, or the priorities of your portion of the organization, you’re going to have tons of waste, too much overhead, and probably not meet the needs of the overall business. Activities like value assessment are key in determining exactly how those priorities need to be distributed across the data center.
  2. Data center platforms must best fit business requirements. Choosing the right platform for the job is key. Your platform needs to provide the kinds of performance and reliability that the business priority needs. When a particular business need is more demanding, costs are necessarily going to be higher. Mission-critical systems require more customized and more available platforms than systems that aren’t mission-critical.
  3. After capital expenses, power and cooling are your best opportunities for optimization. Beyond concerns about the environment and the “greening” of the data center, you need to be concerned about power and cooling because they represent areas of tremendous potential inefficiency. By some estimates, less than one percent of your data center’s power actually reaches the processor, with power losses all around. Reducing power losses is a key component to data center optimization.

Ultimately, the efficiency of your data center will greatly impact the efficiency of your business. By regularly evaluating the data center and taking a top-down view of how things are and how they ought to be, you can get out ahead and make sure your data center meets those real business needs and does it effectively.

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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.