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10 Tips for Building a New Data Center

How you build your new data center will determine its functionality and efficiency for quite some time. Accordingly, you need to build a facility that meets not only the needs of today, but can anticipate some of the changes that will be happening to your data center needs in the future.

Here are 10 tips to consider when developing the plan for your new data center:

  1. Converge. Convergence has been the name of the game in data center design for some time now, and for good reason. Converged infrastructure utilizes a smaller amount of dedicated resources, increasing efficiency and economy.
  2. Take a modular approach. If you’re like most organizations and can’t always predict exactly what your needs will be in the future, you need to allow yourself room to expand. Design your data center so that its building blocks can be added and removed quickly and easily.
  3. Know the challenges. The biggest limitations existing data centers find tend to fall into three areas: power, cooling and space. Plan appropriately.
  4. Empower your users. You’re going to need to be able to adapt to BYOD and VDI concerns and the overall consumerization of IT. Centralize your desktops, apps and data in the data center and offer access to these resources from whatever device your users demand.
  5. Be software driven. Avoid specialized expensive hardware whenever possible, and instead separate your runtime logic from the underlying hardware. This lets you provision new services without always having to add hardware to the mix.
  6. Consider commodity hardware. This is the approach Google took: using low-cost commodity hardware that runs a distributed software layer on top.
  7. Move away from silo architecture. The days of needing a separate team of specialists for each data need are dwindling, especially with combined appliances.
  8. Look at a hybrid approach. Chances are good you’re still going to need to use the public cloud for some activities, but still keep the business-critical apps in-house.
  9. Emphasize service and continuity. Don’t let your new data center’s disaster recovery options be limited to reactive ones. A key here is application distribution, which dovetails with being software-driven.
  10. Consider a DCIM (data center infrastructure management) solution. DCIM can greatly simply the management of your new data center, and should be implemented during the planning stages.

Following these tips can give you a head start at minimizing potential issues with your new data center.

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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.