Aging data centre infrastructures, increasing energy costs, and poor responsiveness to business demands – all make an effective business case for data centre modernization.

Data centre administrators must rethink the traditional approaches to supporting businesses and decide on how they can reorganize, modernize and deploy data centres that will be driven by business requirements and are agile enough to deliver state of art services to customers for data storage/recovery, business continuity, disaster recovery or regulatory compliance. They need to focus attention on energy efficient means of controlling costs and staying competitive in a market that is fast becoming crowded.

Data centre modernization efforts must always begin with strategies and plans. It must start with an assessment of current IT realities and a rationalized vision of the future. The direction of effort must be towards migrating, consolidating, standardizing, automating and virtualizing infrastructure assets and the underlying business process, architectural frameworks and supporting tools. A top down focus of relationships among IT infrastructure operations, application development and business units, will help determine internal political issues and find solutions to pressing issues in that direction.

The data centre must aim to architect a solution by determining where savings in server, storage and network infrastructure area achievable and try to deliver new service levels and meet performance metrics with periodic reassessments and additional transformational activities that are in line with the business strategy.

As a next step, data centres must select and implement the latest technologies. As server optimization levels determine returns on investment, modern data centres must aim to improve operational consistency, speed to the market and put in place, policy driven management protocols that result in savings while reducing human errors, system downtimes and improving success rates for application and patch rollouts.

Agility is the hallmark of the modern data centre. To day’s data centres must be built for long-term growth. Data centres must be capable of provisioning new servers and responding to change requests in minutes. They must be able to access resources instantly by deploying a flexible utility computing model.

Finally, data centres must operate and evolve by monitoring energy efficiency and ensuring that they move towards green computing and reduction in carbon footprints. Data centres can reduce energy usage, CO2 emissions and thereby reduce operating costs while conserving resources. They can achieve operational and energy cost savings by consolidating sites, processors and storage.