As the data center evolves, forward thinking professionals have to balance the promise of emerging technology with the practical side of cost. In “Taking the Enterprise Data Center into the Cloud” a white paper from Emerson Avocent, you will find a great explanation of what is logical and what is risky.
The white paper begins by explaining the various cloud platforms, their evolution, associated risks, and the best way to prepare the data center for a cloud deployment. To the uninitiated this is a great primer, and to the data center veteran an excellent reference. But more than a series of points and facts, there is also an important conclusion and it is centered on the bottom line.
Analyst firm Gartner forecasts cloud revenues to surpass $148 billion by 2014. So somehow your data center will find its way to the cloud, and you along with it, but in what capacity? To be prepared consider the author’s best practices which are to:
- 1. Increase data center density
- 2. Increase efficiency at reduced loads
- 3. Not lose sight of availability
- 4. Leverage infrastructure management to get a handle on costs
The conclusion drawn is that a proper approach to cloud implementation is a combined strategy of an internal and external cloud with a focus on new capital expenditures set aside for innovation and competitive advantage.
Review this informative whitepaper and learn where you are in the evolution of your cloud deployment and how you can take advantage of that position.