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All-in-one boxes see long-term payoff
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. Read Now
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.
1Storage: 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.
2Get 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.
Upgrade the data center over the weekend
Need to enhance performance and reliability without adding data center costs? Not all projects involve a total hardware overhaul. Here are five ways to improve IT operations. Read Now
New tech obliterates network performance problems
Investing in new technology such as load balancers and fabric architectures will help solve network bottlenecks -- from inexpensive, swift fixes to strategic capital investments and restructuring. Read Now
Improve space, power and cooling on a budget
Data center improvements can give a facility new life -- and cost a fortune. These cooling, equipment, space and power strategies will add up to 10 years to a data center without spending too much money. Read Now
Practical tips for DCIM selection
DCIM tools represent possibility. As more companies start down the DCIM deployment path, they need to avoid possible potholes that will waste the investment. Follow these tips to implement data center infrastructure management for the best ROI. Read Now