Chesterton wrote, “There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.” However (apologies to the scholar) there are many rules for the data center that exists there. This whitepaper from Emerson Network Power guides you through those rules. It gives you a series of checklists to make sure your data centers are ready for the cloud revolution. In a very logical way this paper covers trends, technologies and preparations needed for cloud deployment.
The key trend has to do with business. No longer is IT an island unto itself - data center metrics are measured against enterprise growth. The data center may not be a profit center but it must be profitable.
How can this be done when the data center has ever changing needs? By developing adaptability and a sense of IT value - two attributes provided by cloud technology.
Then how does the cloud factor in to the bottom line discussion and what is it exactly? This paper will provide that answer by explaining the various cloud architectures and service models.
After a discussion of why you need the cloud and what the options are, the question becomes - are you cloud ready? Discover that answer through a series of checklists and prepare your data center for the economic wind that will surely lift it into the cloud. Click here to downlaod this white paper.