The What and Why's of data center consolidation
Data center consolidation describes the process of minimizing the complexity and physical aspects of data infrastructure while simultaneously improving efficiency. It can be thought of as being able to do more with less network and data infrastructure.
With an increasing demand for data storage, data centers can adapt by increasing their existing hardware and expanding the size of their data centers infinitely. However, that leads to more complexity and increasing costs.
Embracing technological advancements in software such as server virtualization enables companies to do more and process several operations from a single server, eliminating the need to stack up on servers. Further advances in hardware such as blade servers enable optimization of energy and space.
In addition to technology, colocation facilities enable businesses to rent space in a data center run by a third party thereby minimizing individual operational costs. Data storage may also be accessed by businesses or ordinary users via the cloud, eliminating the need for businesses to own or manage their own data infrastructure.
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Firstly it streamlines costs. Operating a data center is expensive. Apart from the physical and human resources required, the space, power, cooling, and physical security for the server and storage need to be taken into consideration.
Secondly, data center consolidation is good for the environment. Increasing efficiency means fewer types of equipment needed and less power needed to power the equipment and to cool the data center.
Lastly, businesses operating digitally need to accommodate rapid transformation and bring ideas quickly to market. The data center management should neither slow down nor disrupt your business flow nor interfere with the consumer experience that your customers have grown accustomed to.
Whether you need to acquire newer technology or decommission older technology as part of your data center consolidation strategy, Esphere Network can assist. We purchase and supply a wide range of network equipment. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.