While 2012 was nothing short of a technology miracle, 2013 promises to be even better. A few months back we posted an article on the extraordinary job Cisco did at the Olympics this summer as the official network provider. In fact, more than 4.8 billion people watched the event, with digital viewers outnumbering traditional television viewers for the first time in history, clearly showing how technology dependent we have all become. Undoubtedly, the impressive technology trend will continue in 2013.
It’s no surprise; the economy has been in a downward spiral for some time now. In fact, nearly every industry has been affected by it to some extent. But, for corporate data centers there’s no doubt that the implications of cost and efficiency will weigh heavily long after the current economic downturn ends. So, what’s the best way to consolidate servers and avoid unwanted wasted resources?
With the economy slowly on the rise, investors are regaining confidence and global mergers and acquisitions have begun to materialize once again. With this growth IT departments play an increasingly larger role as technology has become the heart of most organizations and it touches virtually all aspects of a company’s operations. Many of these functions are mission-critical requiring much of an IT department during the merger/acquisition process.
Today’s on-demand society assumes nearly universal immediate access to real-time data and analytics in a resilient, secure environment. Anything short of that standard is unacceptable. These demands are being driven by a proliferation of data sources, mobile devices, radio frequency identification systems, unified communications, Web 2.0 services and technologies such as mashups. These rising expectations are creating demands of data centers that IT administrators are challenged to satisfy. The impact of rising data center energy consumption and rising energy costs has elevated the importance of data center efficiency as a strategy to reduce costs, manage capacity and promote environmental responsibility.
The Federal Government’s goal is to shut 40 percent of its computer data centers over the next four years by modernizing the way it uses computers to manage data and provide services to citizens.
The Office of Management and Budget has mandated that federal data collection centers downsize 800 facilities by 2015. Consolidating these data centers has a unique set of challenges, but when overcome, the potential monetary savings are tremendous.
(This is part 1 of a complete series on Budget Planning in 2011 and beyond)
With a new calendar year comes a new fiscal year, a new set of goals and budget challenges for every department in your organization. While CTOs, CIOs, CFOs, and other c-level executives are working together to maintain or improve vital business services, many of the executives focusing on IT budgets make the understandable mistake of limiting their analysis to capital investments and purchasing decisions. However, more progressive professionals, those looking to get more control over their costs in the long term, are looking to other expenses to keep matters under control.
CIOs and CTOs across the nation are looking to innovations in data center consolidation hardware and software to help them manage their growing databases of information while simultaneously minimizing the cost of the supporting infrastructure. In fact, Gartner research lists data growth as the largest challenge facing data center infrastructure management and consolidation, just behind scalability and network congestion. Gartner explains this concern, noting that data growth is most closely associated with increased costs, in the form of hardware, software, maintenance, and administration.
Unlike most senior management groups, IT Executives and CIOs have a variety of options when it comes to bringing cost savings and innovations to their company’s technology departments. While many focus on reductions and/or changes in personnel to get this done, technology teams that take a closer look at improvements to an organization’s hardware and software can actually bring about millions of dollars in cost savings while maintaining a competitive edge. To help those that are putting together 2011 IT department budget plans, below are three areas to consider in that planning process ---data center consolidation, relocation and upgrades.