Business climate changes, business models change, Information Technology certainly changes, and data centers change. Wait – data centers change? Yes, the view that the data center is just a room or facility that is a large capital investment and built every 10 to 15 years, has changed.
This doesn’t mean throw more money into it with greater frequency, it means approaching the data center in new ways and making intelligent decisions. The data center strategy is just as important as the IT strategy and the business strategy.
A data center strategy is anything but a panacea. It must address the exclusive requirements of the business and take special consideration for the growing complexity of choices available. Strategic planning is not an attempt to eliminate risk or to forecast what the data center will look like in 15 years, it is taking action to understand what risks to take and what paths will align with the business.
The Data Center Knowledge Guide to Data Center Strategies will explore three actions to take in order to formulate a pragmatic data center strategy:
- Engage all stakeholders and apply appropriate cost modeling.
- Leverage the knowledge of data center trends and technologies to apply to your business.
- Evaluate capacity, cost and capabilities to build an optimized data center strategy.
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