The Agile Data Center: 4 Areas to Consider When It's Time to Refresh Your Infrastructure
Updated: Jan 29
Aligning your business needs with your IT infrastructure is critical to the day-to-day business operations of your organization. Keeping your technology platforms in line with the rapid pace of business means establishing a technology refresh cycle and process that takes advantage of the latest in vendor innovation. A technology refresh is not about moving to the latest “bleeding” edge technologies but enabling an Agile Data Center that can flexibly move with the needs of your business. Before considering your next technology refresh, consider these four areas as you evaluate your organization’s future Agile Data Center.
What Are Your Organization’s Current and Future Needs?
Understanding how your current infrastructure is being used is necessary when looking toward future business goals. Take the time to assess and evaluate your organization’s current operational needs such as times of peak demand, the frequency and timeframes for critical, time-sensitive processes that require additional compute power, and identifying infrastructure that is under-utilized or sitting idle. In addition, partner with business stakeholders to understand future business strategies such as expansion plans, entry into new markets, or the addition of new products. This critical insight will provide the needed context for defining the right technology strategy and appropriate level of investment to ensure the new technology can meet existing demands and expand to meet future demands.
How Is the Current Infrastructure Meeting Those Needs?
As you evaluate your future technology requirements, you need to assess how your current data center, technology services, and processes are meeting your business needs. Has your organization leveraged cloud services or evaluated selective outsourcing? Are the existing IT services able to quickly and flexibly meet business demand? Does your organization have the technical skills and resources to adequately support future technology platforms or additional services? What is your ongoing technology lifecycle strategy? Objectively evaluating your current gaps will ensure your upcoming IT investments are directed to the most appropriate platforms, as well as third-party service providers to seamlessly deliver all your IT services.
Is It Time to Make a Change?
A technology refresh is an opportune time to revisit not only your existing technology vendor relationships, but what their competitors have to offer. Have your existing vendors met your expectations when it comes to service, responsiveness, and innovation? Are you taking full advantage of converged infrastructure, virtualization, and automation? Although making a wholesale vendor and platform switch can seem like an overwhelming prospect, it’s not impossible. Taking the time to evaluate what other providers have to offer and objectively weighing the pros and cons of making a switch will ensure you are staying proactive in managing your vendor relationships and making the best decision to meet your long-term organizational needs.
What Is the Total Cost of Ownership?
Making the most cost-effective decisions to meet existing and future business demands are imperative to your organization. As you evaluate your future alternatives, it’s critical to understand the total cost of ownership (TCO) associated with delivering your organization’s current technology services. This becomes an important frame of reference, as you explore your future technology options and the long-term costs associated with delivering services in the future.
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