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Modern data center strategy: Design, hardware and IT's changing role

Newer data centers look far different than they did just a decade ago, and strategies for design and style continue to shift under the weight of big data, cloud computing, mobility and other technology trends.

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 on 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.

Explore the future

1. Tomorrow's data center

While no one can predict what the future holds, where data centers are concerned at least you can look at emerging technologies and plan accordingly. Here are a few data center design strategies to watch.

An evolving workforce

2. The changing role of IT

As the technology inside data centers changes, so must the IT personnel working with it. One of the most visible changes is the DevOps movement. These tips outline just how the role of IT is changing in the data center.

Cloud, convergence and cooling

3. The latest in data center infrastructure

Looking at emerging technology is important for the future of data centers, but what today's data center? These tips on cloud computing, converged infrastructure and data center cooling show the current trends to follow.

Crunching numbers

4. Big data, data center applications

Big data has evolved to establish its place in the enterprise data center. Staying on top of the latest software and hardware changes ensures that your company will make the most of the data deluge.

Take the temperature

5. Data center management

Agility, efficiency and mobility are three aspects of modern data center management. Learn how to monitor energy use, remain flexible like the cloud and keep up with mobile users with these tips.