Data Center Consulting

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Solutions for Flexibility and Growth

In uncertain times, smart executives look for flexibility in their IT investments, especially in capex intensive projects like data centers. They consider multiple data center options, including on-premise infrastructure, virtualization, and cloud solutions. Each solution solves different challenges, and most organizations will benefit from more than one. But which one?

One of the biggest IT challenges today is driving more value, efficiency, and utilization from corporate data centers. While companies decide how to modernize infrastructure, data center choices are expanding. Which means meeting your short-term needs and ignoring the future is not a viable option. It’s certainly not a cost-effective decision. Companies need to be ready to respond to future demands and ever-changing technology complexities. Flexibility matters.

Should you modernize or Build New?

Signs You May Need A (New) Data Center

  • Existing IT infrastructure not meeting the demands of the business, its employees, and customers
  • Limited rack space
  • A need to host business applications, databases, or high-performance compute services
  • Hardware has no cooling system
  • Need more power/circuits
  • Running out of disk or rack space
  • Data capture, storage, analysis and processing is growing exponentially faster than your existing systems handle
  • Running out of power leading to increased downtime
  • Servers are getting maxed out, impacting employee productivity
  • No room to add new servers
  • Hardware is old or outdated, and equipment lifecycle management is not in place to help inform optimal investment decisions

Location is everything

The location of your data center is just as crucial as the data center itself.


Benefits of Cloud Computing

Data centers can range from a few pieces of hardware in a single rack hosting a single office’s corporate data, to entire rooms filled with machines and devices housing business applications, large databases, high performance compute capabilities, and more. What has changed most in recent years is that many organizations now utilize cloud computing and virtualization to improve data center efficiency. Others outsource their data center hardware, location, and management to relieve their IT departments of time-consuming maintenance and service tasks. Of course, the traditional approach of an on-prem data center fully maintained and operated by the company in-house remains the right choice for many companies.

On-Premise Data Centers

Many organizations choose to host their data center in the same location as their company headquarters. This benefits businesses that have the physical capacity to house hardware, employ local IT staff who need quick access to the data center, and the budget and expertise to keep everything running optimally. On premise provides scalability and control, but may also be more difficult and costly to maintain.

Cloud Data Centers

Many businesses choose to put part or all of their data center in the cloud. This is an effective way to convert capex into an operational expense. Costs can be minimized by eliminating the need to buy hardware, ancillary equipment, power distribution, cooling, computing, and labor. However, a private cloud may be necessary if there is a need to maintain full control over the data or your industry has security compliance requirements.

Offsite Data Centers

You may choose to locate your data center in one or more locations, but where the resources are yours. Third-party hosting is common but be aware they’ll offer multiple service tiers—from hardware and electricity, to the applications and support they provide— and SLAs, and you need to have some expertise to be sure you buy the capability you need.

Hybrid Data Centers

If flexibility is the goal, the most common data center hosting combines the benefits of on-premise housing and cloud storage. This way, organizations can house their business-critical applications and corporate data on-premise, while using the cloud for virtual machines, back-ups, and any high-performance computing requirements.

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