Preparing for Modern Data Centers

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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To compete in this new digital age, companies are discovering the need to build applications that engage and empower customers. To achieve this goal, organizations must often link those applications back to legacy systems where all the customer data is stored. By building new applications for customer engagement and fitting legacy systems, enterprises can serve up data and perform transactions requested by the new apps.  

Data center operations and IT infrastructure is changing rapidly. Mega data centers used by the service providers will grow exponentially with the changing workloads as well as technologies that keep them up and running. Managing the evolving infrastructure and reducing the amount of data requires “Looking Forward”-“Looking backward” approach. Data center management software needs to gather and analyze infrastructure data in real-time for new devices as well as for old ones.

Most data centers adopt technology that will easily enable them to connect and communicate virtually with any device. This requires a modular approach to management software with the ability to communicate with legacy as well as new devices. Massive amounts of data are shared as devices communicate critical information. Data centers are the main holders of all this data, especially if it requires some type of action to be taken on it.

Cost-effective Future-Proofing

Without having to make costly investments, there is a way for future-proof data centers while still ensuring that the IT infrastructure can adapt and change over time to meet the growing business needs, even in unpredictable changing landscape. Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software and modular infrastructure can prompt adaptability and flexibility for existing and new facilities. Data Centers can anticipate and respond to current and future data center needs by:

• Accounting for increasing demands for processing power and storage capacity.
• Adapting a more sophisticated level of monitoring, analysis and management.
• Enabling system management integration between the facilities and IT.
• Providing smart energy management and increased control capabilities.

While still extending the service life of existing infrastructure,this allows data centers to meet evolving company needs, future technologies, and the new environmental factors.

Leveraging Prefabricated Data Centers

The biggest advantage of prefabricated, modular data center infrastructure in terms of future-proofing are closely tied to its ability to easily scale up or down capacity. This reduces both upfront capital and on-going operational expenses, but owners and operators can quickly and easily add power and cooling capacity o meet the increasing demands and the actual business needs. In comparison to the traditional method of installing the power and cooling infrastructure as part of data center building and sizing the facilities according to potential maximum future needs – an almost impossible task that uses up valuable real-estate, increases utility bills and decreases efficiency – without truly guaranteeing that estimates will ever match actual requirements.

Monitoring and Managing Data Center of the Future

With intelligent and informed data center planning, owners and operators can avoid being caught off-guard by unanticipated changes within the IT environment or changing business landscapes. Planning is most effective only when decisions are made with past and real-time data collected from IT and facility systems which provide actionable insight from the data collected via DCIM solutions.

By increasing data center flexibility through prefabricated, modular data center infrastructure and DCIM software, data center operators can transition their facility from a cost center to a business driver enabling organizations to better mitigate risk and prepare for the future.