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Transforming your data centre?

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David Wilcox

David Wilcox
General Manager | Data Centre and ITaaS, Europe

 

Make sure it’s a change programme – not another IT project!

Your data centre is the brain of your organisation – it feeds every nerve and synapse of the modern digital business. When we think of the volume of data that businesses today process, the demands on your infrastructure grow every day.

Many businesses are grappling with a need to understand their data centre requirements. Are these needs currently being met? Where are the opportunities to improve? How will needs evolve over time?

Once you know all this, your next step is to transform the data centre to help your business be more efficient, cost effective, and environmentally sound.

 

The risk of downtime

A transformation can be a daunting prospect because there’s no opportunity to halt activities while the business takes stock. Demands on your data centre are continuous — the pace never lags. That’s why you have to be confident that any change decisions you make are the right ones for such a significant investment of time, resource, and funds.

 

It’s not about technology – it’s about adapting to change

I believe the solution is to approach data centre transformation not as an IT project, but as a change programme. There has to be a culture shift, a new mindset. The project must improve efficiency through the cohesive working of people, processes and software, all successfully adapting to change.

I’ll say it again. A data centre transformation isn’t an IT infrastructure upgrade in isolation – it has to align management processes within the scope of a complete digital transformation.
It sounds daunting, yes, but it’s really just one part of the constantly evolving business landscape. Markets and conditions change. New skills are introduced into the business and replaced as technology and customer expectations evolve. You have to have your finger on the pulse at all times.

 

The data centre and your business vision

By approaching your data centre as part of the fabric of the business – one that grows and adapts in line with business objectives and aims — then ongoing data centre improvement becomes part of the business outlook. It becomes part of your DNA, your evolution, and your growth as a business.

The truth is you can’t ignore the pressures on your data centre. It has to support the business cost-effectively. Yet, while the need for data centre capacity continues to go up, budgets continue to go down. So you need to respond to these demands more quickly – gone are the days of lengthy IT projects.

 

First-mover advantages

Agility and responsiveness are the watchwords of the day. But do they mean your business is to capitalise on the amount and types of data available, and generate customer and business insights, then your data centre has to keep pace with expectations of ‘real-time’ information and access. It’s what’s called the first-mover advantage.

With constrained budgets, you can’t throw more resources at your data centre to stem the tide rising expectations. The data centre needs to be cost-effective and efficient at recycling unused storage and utilising capacity in the most optimal way. For this, your monitoring needs to be continuous and regulation automated.

As technology advances make efficiencies ever more possible, the ongoing running costs of the data centre are subject to intense scrutiny. Legacy infrastructure can be an energy guzzler while modern, energy-efficient solutions not only help meet cost-cutting objectives but also targets around environmental impact.

 

Mapping the future of the data centre

Your data centre transformation can deliver business expectations around cost-efficiency, flexibility, and resilience. To arrive at an optimal tailored solution, your business needs to be able to map and assess your current infrastructure, come to an agreed understanding of how a data centre transformation will support your key business objectives, and deploy the necessary expertise and skillsets.

Find out how in our white paper Data Centre Transformation and the Adoption of Converged Infrastructures.