Modernizing Vintage Data Centers
June 13th, 2013 By: Bill Kleyman
Hardware refresh cycles grew longer and more organizations tried to squeeze as much life as possible out of their data center environments. Unfortunately, there came a time when vintage systems could no longer meet modern demands. In fact, because of cloud computing, virtualization and even big data – data centers have had to re-engineer their platforms to allow for high-density, super-efficient computing.
In today’s market, IT environments with a data center 10 years of age or older have several options, including building a new data center, putting applications in the public cloud, leasing space in a colocation facility or modernizing the existing data center. Many companies looking to make the most of previous investments choose to modernize their existing facilities, as it can often be done more cost effectively than the other options and usually yields significant improvements in reliability, efficiency and operational effectiveness.
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In this white paper, Eaton outlines modernizing a vintage data center’s mechanical and electrical infrastructure can enhance availability, raise power and cooling capacity, lower operational expenses and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It can also, however, yield these additional and perhaps less obvious advantages:
- Improved safety levels
- Enhanced flexibility and functionality
- Improved serviceability
- Greater scalability
- Enhanced customer perception
The world of technology has seen plenty of change in recent years. To keep up with it, organizations with data centers that are 10 years of age or older should seriously consider modernizing those facilities.
Upgrading a vintage data center’s mechanical and electrical infrastructure can boost reliability, efficiency, flexibility and scalability, while simultaneously reducing operational spending. It can also save companies the considerable expense of building entirely new facilities. Download this white paper today to learn how aging MEP infrastructure components can affect older data centers. Furthermore, this paper goes on to suggest a series of beneficial upgrades and outlines best practices for successfully planning, implementing and testing those renovations.