Data Center Consolidation: Managing Expectations

Mergers, acquisitions, right sizing and a host of other initiatives often lead to the consolidation of data centers. These projects birth a host of stakeholders from the C level to the technician with each one bearing a different agenda and criteria for success. Meeting expectations is a project within the project and this Gartner Report specifically addresses these management issues.

This complimentary report entitled “Data Center Consolidation: Top 10 Best Practices for Project Success” clearly defines the “primary best practices used in consolidation projects” detailing each one. It also highlights three “Key Findings” and three “Recommendations.”

As usual Gartner has written a quality report. However this note goes beyond critical analysis, it offers sound principles and practical advice in wisely managing a data center consolidation.

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About the Author

Kevin Normandeau, is a veteran of the technology publishing industry having worked at a variety of technology sites including PC World; AOL Computing; Network World; and International Data Group (IDG). Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. When he is not in front of the computer (which is most of the time) he likes to get out to ski, hike and mountain bike.

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