The Invisible Data Center

The modern CIO – who is equally knowledgeable in technology and business – knows that the best data center is “invisible.” The invisible data center is one that keeps the organization running quickly, seamlessly, and efficiently – with regards to both cost and energy usage. So how does the CIO keep the behind-the-scenes technology inside the data center invisible (or at least less visible) to business partners. They focus on keeping infrastructure as up-to-date as possible. Let me explain.

Gartner analysts recently published their “Eight Critical Forces to Shape Data Center Strategy,” stating that “data center managers must modernize the capabilities of their facilities to handle both the emerging hardware technology and the escalation in energy consumption as a result of projected growth in server volume.” Proactively addressing business needs through integration of new technologies, balancing server, storage and network infrastructure, combined with managed modernization are not one-time IT projects but ongoing business investments that deliver a variety of benefits:

Scalable, more efficient IT operations: new servers with increased processor performance and speed allows IT operations to run more efficiently and helps enable scalability. Business is more productive and cost-efficient when the organization is not only able to virtualize and store more data, but also able to access that data without waiting.

Eliminating network bottlenecks: new generations of servers have up to 50 percent more cores and cache than previous generations, along with faster memory and additional hardware enhancements for virtualization. A fast flexible network serves as the lifeline between computing and storage back in the data center and what the user see on endpoint applications.

Processing information quickly: a new, powerful server can cut down on frustrating lag time. Users are more productive when they can trust their equipment to support their work.

Securing data: new processing technologies have also increased data encryption abilities. Encryption helps mitigate business risk by staying secure and compliant.

Reducing Energy Costs: data centers can consume up to 100 times more energy than a standard office building and often, less than 15% of original source energy is used for the information technology equipment within a data center. Industry leaders are making huge strides in keeping data center energy-use low, which is good for the environment and great for the bottom line.

As the IT Manager, you know the importance of keeping the data center invisible. If you’re considering an infrastructure refresh, read more on the benefits of using the new Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v2 product family, or check out the video below:

In the comments section, tell me: how could your organization benefit from infrastructure refresh and datacenter modernization?

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