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How to ensure successful datacenter transformation

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IT organizations are pressurized between improved performances expectations, growing data and network bandwidth, cost reduction targets, converged architectures and technology innovations. With data center transformation, you can reduce costs and maximize your ROI without disrupting business as usual.

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How to ensure successful datacenter transformation

  1. 1. How to Ensure Successful Datacenter TransformationIT organizations are pressurized between improved performances expectations, growing data and networkbandwidth, cost reduction targets, converged architectures and technology innovations. With data centertransformation, you can reduce costs and maximize your ROI without disrupting business as usual. Transformingdatacenters is more than virtualization and automation and more than building a solid foundation for your data,content and cloud requirements. Data Center transformation can be achieved through next-gen energy efficienthardware platforms, consolidation, virtualization, cloud computing services, green initiatives, modular designs andbest measurement practices, to enable organizations to quickly and cost effectively respond to market demandsand new revenue opportunities.To prepare the data center for the future, you must first align people, processes and technology and develop astrategy for transformation.The first thing is to understand that storage virtualization separates the applicationand server view of data from the physical storage infrastructure. Data center transformation beings withidentifying the most crucial business applications and largest-consuming applications in terms of IT resources inthe datacenter. Ideally, the rule of thumb is that 30 percent of applications typically consume or create need for 70percent or greater of the datacenter infrastructure. This approach of demand and supply creates a data-driven,objective view to affect change. It is important to establish a discipline immediately that measures and monitorsconsumption, performance, and understands the IT supply chain dependencies of every application. Only bycomprehending what an end to end application view and dependency looks like, will it be possible to optimize.For a successful data center transformation, it is necessary to regulate the management policy of the IT supplychain across the datacenter and include building blocks of runtime management and service desk orchestration.Organizations that execute infrastructure virtualization without workload and information datacentervirtualization will work against the optimization they are trying to accomplish as they will generate new obstaclesfor the delivery of IT from the datacenter. A unified footprint of network, compute, storage, appliances, andsoftware runtime that matches the types of workloads the enterprise supports creates a simpler, leaner platformengineering model.With the automation of life cycle management, businesses have the ability to flex the infrastructure to meet thefluctuating demands and matching dynamic workload management needs of the business behavior. Lastly, IT mustascertain from business intelligence and continuously extract, evaluate, and leverage behavior data to proactivelypredict, adjust, and modify the infrastructure.Optimizing a data center with regard to business outcomes, key domains, people, process, and technology can
  2. 2. rapidly become a complex exercise. Hence, a critical success factor in transforming the data center is to have anintegrated and structured approach.Also read on - Managed security services, Green datacenter

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