Data center infrastructure now extends beyond the brick and mortar walls to public clouds, where data that was once considered too sensitive to leave the building is now hosted. Servers have been consolidated and fully virtualized, and new levels of integration achieved with converged infrastructure systems. The data center has to be highly scalable and systems need to be faster every year. IT professionals within the data center have to be jacks of all trades. And of course, the business side demands all of that on a minimal IT budget.
In this guide, we present all the tenets of a modern data center strategy, including the latest in data center infrastructure, operations and management. We also cover the changing role of IT, important IT skills of tomorrow and the tools IT pros need to manage a hybrid environment.
1Explore the future -
Tomorrow's data center
While no one can predict what the future holds, we can plan for emerging technologies in the data center. Here are a few data center strategies to watch.
Software-defined networking (SDN) promises a virtual network infrastructure that can be provisioned as easily as setting up a new virtual server. But real-world SDNs are hard to find and require significant management and resources. Continue Reading
Organizations can extend the working life of their aging data center by renovating the facility and making these changes -- some of which cost little to nothing. Continue Reading
Web-scale IT organizations reap efficiency, agility and performance benefits over typical enterprise operations. It's time to change that. Continue Reading
Cloud computing, flash storage, software-defined networks (SDN), virtualization and new data center management tools will help data center managers deliver the data their customers or end users need. Continue Reading
2An evolving workforce -
The changing role of IT
As the technology inside data centers changes, so must the associated IT personnel. Welcome the DevOps movement, and other trends that shape a new role for backend IT.
One of the rock stars of the cloud and DevOps movement shares lessons learned from using Opscode's Chef configuration management tools in its data center design strategy. Continue Reading
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3Cloud and convergence-
The latest in data center infrastructure
Looking at emerging technology is important for the future of data centers, but what about today's data center? These tips on cloud computing, converged infrastructure and the data center show the current trends to follow.
Converged and hyper-converged infrastructures are getting a boost from all-flash storage components. Continue Reading
IT has three choices with public cloud: steering clear, maintaining its entire environment off-site in the cloud or seeking the best of both worlds with the hybrid cloud model. Continue Reading
The traditional data center needs to survive the cloud era -- by embracing it. Continue Reading
Big data, data center applications
Big data has established its place in the enterprise. Staying on top of the latest software and hardware changes ensures that your company will make the most of the data deluge.
Big data analytics was once an area of technology reserved for scientists, but corporations now need the technology to analyze huge volumes of data for a host of business reasons. Continue Reading
Reducing servers results in smaller data center facility concerns and costs, but migrating apps to a SaaS model is not without its own unique hurdles. Continue Reading
5Take the temperature-
Data center cooling
Agility, efficiency and mobility are three aspects of modern data centers, and the facility is a big part of it. Learn how to monitor energy use, remain flexible and save the environment.
Metrics tools that examine energy efficiency provide broad measurements that are helpful for enterprises that want to minimize energy use. Continue Reading
Stagnant strategies for data center cooling will keep energy bills climbing ever higher, but a more modern data center strategy can bring them back down to earth. Continue Reading