In modern businesses, the data center is an integral part of success, which is why updating your data center business plan is so important. There's more to it than just servers, cables and cooling though. Consider adding network virtualization, cloud computing and IT outsourcing, converged infrastructure and virtualization technology to the plan.
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To outsource or not to outsource IT? What makes the most business sense?
As IT outsourcing options like public cloud computing grow, it's important to note that you can apply many of the same techniques to on-site data center business plans as well. Whether you're building a private cloud, using public cloud or outsourcing your IT in other ways, go into the decision well-informed.
Not all IT outsourcing is created equal. Between managed and dedicated hosting, colocation and cloud computing, it can get a little confusing. Here's a quick look at each type. Continue Reading
The basic idea behind every colocation facility is the same, so follow these six guidelines to figure out which colo is right for your business. Continue Reading
OpenStack users including Bloomberg, Samsung, Best Buy and others discuss pain points and benefits of their deployments using the open source cloud. Continue Reading
Does converged infrastructure fit in your data center business plan?
Putting costly converged infrastructure systems in a data center business plan may seem counterintuitive, but don't discount the time and personnel benefits you could reap. All-in-one systems take less manpower to maintain and, in theory, less time to set up. They can also help eliminate silo-based IT and make provisioning resources easier.
As enterprises consider converged infrastructure solutions, vendors develop variations to attract buyers. But is a unified system right for you? Continue Reading
Next-gen hardware, designed with virtualization and cloud computing in mind, aims to solve the scalability problems that come with do-it-yourself virtual infrastructures. Continue Reading
Whether these preconfigured systems are worth their price tags remains to be seen, but Cisco, IBM and NetApp think users will pay top dollar. Continue Reading
Weighing the pros and cons of data center SDN
Software-defined networking has great potential to change data centers for the better. Whether or not SDN is ready for the data center business plan is a subject of debate. For some enterprise IT shops, SDN's promise of improving network response -- often the cause of bottlenecks in virtualized systems -- is a big draw. But the technology is still evolving, and some feel it's not quite ready for the mainstream. Learn more about SDN and decide for yourself.
Data center software-defined networking (SDN) means speedier access to business assets, but there's a lot to consider, such as cost, before taking the plunge. Continue Reading
There's plenty of talk in IT circles about using SDN to change network infrastructures -- and catch up with servers and storage. As the hype for SDN spins up, what can you actually accomplish today? Continue Reading
Despite differences, SDN and network virtualization share common elements to direct network resources to VMs and segment or consolidate networks. Continue Reading
How virtualization techniques can streamline data centers and businesses
Server virtualization is an established technology by now, but many of the newest technological advancements for data centers include networking and virtualization strategies that specifically target outsourced markets. These technologies can also benefit on-premises data center business plans. Consider virtualization for servers and networks when deciding.