DATA CENTER CONSULTING
SOLUTIONS FOR FLEXIBILITY AND GROWTH?
In today’s dynamic and rapidly evolving business landscape, executives are looking for ways to adapt to an ever-changing technology and economic environment. For companies, this means finding a way to maximize their IT investments while also being able to adjust to new challenges and opportunities. To achieve this, executives are evaluating a range of options for data centers, including on-site, virtualization, and cloud solutions. The choice can be challenging, as each option presents its own set of advantages and limitations. The need to modernize infrastructure compounds this difficulty, as companies must consider not only their current needs but also future demands. However, sticking to a rigid, inflexible approach is also not cost-effective in the long run. To stay competitive and agile, companies need to remain open to new possibilities and adopt a flexible approach that enables them to pivot as the situation requires.
SHOULD YOU MODERNIZE OR BUILD NEW?
SIGNS YOU MAY NEED A (NEW) DATA CENTER
- Existing IT infrastructure not meeting the demands of the business, its employees, and customers
- Limited rack space
- A need to host business applications, databases, or high-performance compute services
- Hardware has no cooling system
- Need more power/circuits
- Running out of disk or rack space
- Data capture, storage, analysis and processing is growing exponentially faster than your existing systems handle
- Running out of power leading to increased downtime
- Servers are getting maxed out, impacting employee productivity
- No room to add new servers
- Hardware is old or outdated, and equipment lifecycle management is not in place to help inform optimal investment decisions
LOCATION IS EVERYTHING
BENEFITS OF CLOUD COMPUTING
Data centers can be as small as a single rack with some computer stuff inside holding a company’s information, or as big as entire rooms filled with devices and machines running business programs, big databases, and fast computing abilities. Now, many organizations use cloud computing and virtualization to make their data centers work better. Others let other companies manage and maintain their data center hardware and location so their own IT departments don’t have to deal with it. Some still like the old-school way of having their own data center in-house.
ON-PREMISE DATA CENTERS
Lots of companies put their data center in the same place as their main office. This works well for businesses that have space for computers and local IT workers who want to quickly get to the data center. It’s good for companies that have enough money and the right skills to keep everything working well. When the data center is on the same property as the office, it’s easy to control and can be adjusted to fit the company’s needs. But it might be harder and more expensive to look after on your own.
CLOUD DATA CENTERS
Lots of businesses are moving their data center to the cloud. It’s a good way to save money because you don’t have to buy hardware or hire people to manage it. You also don’t need to worry about electricity and cooling costs. But if you need to have complete control over your data, or if your industry has special rules about security, you might need to use a private cloud instead.
OFFSITE DATA CENTERS
You can put your data center in one or more places, but make sure you own the resources. Other companies may offer to host your data center for you, but they will have different levels of services and support available. Make sure you understand what you need so you can make a good decision.
HYBRID DATA CENTERS
If you want to be flexible, the most popular way to store data is by using a mix of two types of hosting: on-premise and cloud. This means you can keep important business apps and data on your own premises, but use the cloud for virtual machines, back-ups, and anything else that needs a lot of computing power.