Let’s say that you have three people working on your technology team — one all-star managing your network, one server savvy technologist, and one sharp storage architect. These three facets of your technology team need to constantly be communicating with each other to keep the data center running smoothly.
These routine and necessary tech functions take up a lot of your employee’s time and effort. Advances in data center technologies have created opportunities to significantly increase the efficiency of your tech teams.
The modern IT leader is inundated with the responsibility of pleasing their company’s end-users while also trailblazing the innovation that will keep the company competitive and agile in the coming year. Technology leaders stand to benefit in three key areas when modernizing their legacy data center infrastructure and enterprise applications:
For starters, data center modernization allows the network, storage and server components of your data center to intercommunicate, removing the need for the employees to do all of the communication and patch management. This, in turn, frees up resources to work on different tasks that would otherwise be overshadowed by the constant need for cross-platform communication.
Data center modernization consolidates the number of assets that need to be implemented, updated or fixed. Although this is also another way to increase productivity by decreasing the total amount of work, consolidating assets also simplifies overall asset management.
Cisco helps to reduce the amount of storage and servers needed by about 50 percent while allowing clients to use 10 to 20 times more data. Enterprise applications run at about 20X faster than legacy applications, meaning that more work gets done with less effort.
Also, if you end up needing more or less room for data, you are able to scale up or down in file size without needing to change the size of the assets or storage location. This gives your business and technology team agility and flexibility to meet their needs.
By saving space with your technology assets, businesses that modernize their data centers also often begin to see a change in their cost structures. While these assets take up less physical space than your legacy systems, they also use much less electricity to run and keep cool more easily — less power needed to run your building means fewer operational costs. In fact, Cisco estimates that data centers are able to reduce their footprint by up to 50 percent while boosting performance by 400 percent and ROI 166 percent.
Data center modernization is great for reducing costs, saving time and energy for your company. Find out if your data center is holding you back by taking this self-assessment. Share your results in the comments.