Escalating data center costs can bring IT pros down, so make sure you keep your IT budget down first.
IT budgeting is a crucial and necessary process for enterprises. Your facility -- and everything in it -- requires refreshes at key times to enhance the business. Spending money is inevitable, but you can gain performance, reliability and agility from upgrades without emptying the coffers. To smartly budget IT purchases for new hardware or upgrades, plan, prepare and execute with metrics.
1Pay now, not later-
Spend on servers, CI
What makes more sense for an IT refresh: buying one box that combines multiple functions in an integrated system, or buying several separate systems and tying them together? Paying more for an all-in-one converged infrastructure or for new well-designed servers are smart ways to improve data center efficiency and prevent unnecessary costs later.
Converged and hyper-converged infrastructures combine major data center functions into one system with one price tag. These all-in-one boxes offer long-term cost benefits. To minimize the effect on IT spending, factor in refresh cycle timing and operating costs of CI and HCI. Continue Reading
Don't become the data center struggling along with outdated hardware. Without new servers, the data center will lack innovation and productivity. Open the purse strings to enable virtual machine consolidation, higher-performance apps and better energy use. Continue Reading
2If it fits, it sits-
Storage: A large chunk of data center costs
There is a myriad of options when it comes to purchasing data center storage. Between function, efficiency, space and cost, you have a lot to consider, but make sure you take each characteristic into consideration.
The DAS/SAN debate covers price, simplicity and flexibility. Direct-attached storage is cheap and storage area networks are expensive; neither strategy solves the data center's problems completely. Consider implementing cloud and software-defined storage. Continue Reading
If you value corporate information, spend on data protection software. Data-centric, compliance-oriented software stores protect the information a business can't afford to lose. Continue Reading
3Bolster IT with pocket change-
Get data center improvements at minor costs
The data center facility needs periodic updates to survive. Not every update, upgrade or purchase needs to take all of the IT budget, or a lot of time. Make facilities decisions with the budget, and the industry, in mind.
4Money saving tech-
Save with these data center technologies
Start learning about the IT refresh options presented in this guide.