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It doesn’t stop with transformation – building a data centre for the future requires forward thinking


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David Wilcox

David Wilcox
General Manager | Data Centre and ITaaS, Europe

Is your data centre under increasing pressure to provide better intelligence and business outcomes for your organisation?


In our first blog in this data centre transformation series we explored the challenges and importance of approaching your transformation as an end-to-end project.

And in our second blog , we looked at the six stages of data centre transformation. In this final blog, we consider how good preparation and effective managed service provision can support continuous improvement in your data centre environment.

By transforming your data centre, there’s no doubt you can achieve cost-efficiency, flexibility, and resilience. The modern data centre should reduce operating costs and environmental impact, maximise resource utilisation, and support your organisation’s overall digital strategy.


What are your three strategic outcomes?

To get there, you need your chosen data transformation strategy to deliver three critical outcomes:
1. A smooth data migration – during transformation and in the future
2. Automation of as much procedure as possible
3. In-life storage management tools


Preparation unlocks the future

Data centre transformation isn’t about implementing an IT project. You need to start with understanding your highest priority business objectives. Once you know this, you can translate these into tangible requirements.

That’s why careful, considered and comprehensive planning will help ensure the transformation project delivers an outcome that will serve the business in meeting its objectives.

For this, you need a proven methodology. One that systematically guides you from the planning stage right through to the completion of the data centre transformation.


Moving from ‘as-is’ state to ‘desired’ state

This involves understanding your overall business objectives, organisational structure and processes, getting a clear and definitive view of the ‘current state,’ and making informed decisions about what to retire, reinvest in, retain, and replatform.

You need an actionable roadmap with implementation plans and clear responsibilities and, finally, transition applications from the current to the ‘desired’ state.

It is critical that in-life management of the data centre is considered up-front. This is where you’ll spot opportunity to build the scope for continuous improvement into the implementation as well as deliver on up-front demands around cost, efficiency, environmental impact, and agility.


Data at the core

In particular, there may be a significant opportunity for you to improve on the way the business makes use of your data. The skills of your in-house data professionals may be put to better use extracting value from business data through analytics, rather than managing day-to-day infrastructure.

Automation is another area where the data centre transformation can deliver ongoing business improvement, with a knock-on long-term impact on workload reduction, duplication, and consistency.

By automating the rules and policies that govern the use of applications and storage, your business can operate more efficiently, be more confident about security, and be able to audit and trace activities.


Ready for your hybrid future?

With the rise of hybrid IT frameworks – and the complexity that brings – your data centre transformation needs to be tailored to your business needs and desired outcomes.

You need to consider the complete breadth of available managed and cloud-based services, including a hybrid mix of on-premise, hosted and public/private cloud, to find your ‘nirvana’ – solution that provides flexible consumption models.

For more information, read our white paper Data Centre Transformation and the Adoption of Converged Infrastructures.