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Key Strategies to Reduce Risk and Increase Efficiency in the Data Center

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One the biggest data center initiatives within the modern organization directly revolves around various infrastructure efficiencies. This can be both physical and logical in nature. With all of these advancements and new technologies, the hope was that adding, moving, decommissioning and renaming devices in the data center should have been a simple process.

However, in today’s complex data centers, these tasks have become something of a high-wire act, fraught with inefficiency and risk. Trends like virtualization are only compounding the difficulty. In these dense environments, add a server at the wrong place and the result can be an overloaded power grid with a lot of unplanned downtime.

Ultimately – what can you do to reduce data center risk and improve efficiency? This whitepaper from Emerson describes how one of the ways that data centers have chosen to reduce risk and inefficiency is to improve their strategic planning capabilities using data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions. These intelligent platforms help organizations understand the total environment, effectively predict and plan capacity needs and cut energy consumption and costs.

Download this whitepaper today to learn about the key strategies which can directly improve your data center model. In using a powerful DCIM solution, data centers and their administrators are able to create a much more proactive compute model. Further key strategies include:

  • The essential connection between planning and execution
  • Use best practice workflows that match our operations
  • How to support the process from start to finish
  • Fully integrate planning and execution
  • Report on the big and small picture

As the data center model continues to evolve, it will be critical for you to create a model that can be controlled, optimized and proactive. Remember, a healthy – proactively monitored – data center platform is one that will have less downtime and keep your organization running smoothly.

About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the National Director of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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  1. Great advice Bill. Efficiency really is about understanding how usage is evolving and stripping out inefficiencies. According to a recent IDG/Intel survey, 70% cite an increasing amount of data that needs to be stored, backed up and accessible as a top pain point with regard to their data center or private cloud network. Nearly one half (45%) are challenged by an increase in the number of VMs per server, while more than one-third (37%) report the network is a bottleneck.