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Data center strategy services

Develop a data center approach that optimizes
availability, scalability, recoverability and agility,
while minimizing risk

Data center optimization services from IBM

Data center optimization services from IBM

The pace of information technology is rapidly accelerating. IT managers are caught between addressing today's challenges and transforming spending to put more dollars to work solving new problems. Fortunately, there are four proven – yet simple – ways to design and manage data center infrastructures so they can provide greater flexibility in responding to change and do so more cost-effectively. These four ways help you implement a smarter data center:

  • Extend the life of the existing data center infrastructure

    Double IT capacity or reduce operational expenses by 50 percent*

  • Rationalize the data center infrastructure across the company

    Improve operational efficiencies while reducing operational expenses by 50 percent*

  • Flexible design to be responsive to change

    Pay as you gro by defering 40-50 percent of capital and operational costs*

  • Integrated management of IT and data center operations

    Lower operational costs up to 20 percent*

*Based on IBM or IBM client experience.

Working together, these hallmarks of a smarter data center can help transform the impact of data center investments and unlock new value for the enterprise.

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Extending the life of existing data center infrastructures


Extending the life of existing data center infrastructures

First, recognize that you have a series of data center assets today—servers, storage, networks and data centers—that are running your current IT operations. And these assets may already be paid for, so anything you can do to extend their life -- including consolidation and virtualization -- enables you to defer the need to make significant capital expenditures on new IT technology or additional data center capacity. In our experience, extending the life of a data center can double IT capacity or reduce operational expenses by 50 percent.

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Rationalizing the data center infrastructure


Rationalizing the data center infrastructure

Our experience is that over 50 percent of clients have more than three data centers, including backup sites, remote locations, wiring closets and server rooms. After you've made the decision to consolidate a data center, you realize that a move is more complex than simply physically relocating a few servers from one location to the next. You have to think about the risks to the availability of data and applications during the move. Through consolidation, there is a significant opportunity to improve operational efficiencies while reducing operational expenses—perhaps by as much as 50 percent.

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Implementing flexible design


Implementing flexible design

As demand for IT services increases, so does the need to increase the data center capacity to house the IT equipment. A modular approach can allow you to pay as you grow and buy only what you need, when you need it, to defer capital and operational cost by perhaps 40 percent to 50 percent.

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Providing integrated management


Providing integrated management

Availability is at the heart of what any data center must provide, with increasing application availability requirements and decreasing tolerance for downtime. Businesses are taking advantage of a variety of options to address their management needs, such as moderating the level of support from staff augmentation or "flexible labor," hosting and managing the infrastructure, and transferring personnel and assets to the provider. In our experience, integrating the management of your IT and facilities operations can lower your operational costs by up to 20 percent.

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