8 Tips for Shaping Your Data Center Strategy

Data centers are evolving and will continue to evolve. Indeed, Gartner is predicting the importance, role and functionality of data centers will change over the next five years -- and that change could leave many organizations without clarity as to how to plan their future data center architectures.

The bottom line, as Gartner sees it: Technical, fiscal and service delivery concerns will be critical and organizations should plan around eight forces to shape their best data center strategies.

"Over the next five to 10 years most organizations will need to change their approach to previous data center strategies used in the last five to seven years, as most of the world comes out of recession and the nexus of forces -- social, mobile, cloud and information -- affects technology use,EU said Rakesh Kumar, research vice president at Gartner. "Historically, data centers have been viewed solely as service delivery centers in which cost and risk must be balanced. Agility, a critical third variable, will become increasingly important in [the] future."

With that in mind, Gartner has identified eight areas to consider when developing a data center strategy that balances cost, risk and agility:

1. Start Deploying Processor, Memory and Power Efficient Technologies

According to Gartner, the next few years will bring significant enhancements to process architectures and the economics of processor and memory components will change. EUIn-memory computing, where the primary location for application data is the main memory of the computing environment, will become more widely used, helped by ever-cheaper DRAM and NAND flash memory,EU the firm said. EUAt the same time, the use of low-energy processors in servers will increase, with the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption costs.EU

2. Move Toward a Balanced Architectural Topology and Delivery Model

The architecture of systems deployed in data centers will change over the next five years and...

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