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Dealing with the planning of data centers in light of the New Style of IT

johncummings on ‎06-11-2014 03:52 PM

By Ian Jagger, Global Portfolio Marketing Manager, HP Technology Consulting Services


Ian Jagger.jpg$135 million is quite an amount to spend on a new data center. HP designed it, and was sworn to secrecy so that the customer's IT group did not know it was being built. Several months later it was mothballed.


It might be an understatement to suggest that’s not a way forward.


As a marketer in the data center space I find it impossible to separate IT and the facility. Why? Because IT today is about the hosting strategies, be it owner-operated, in the Cloud, managed/outsourced, or utilizing colocation space. Whichever method or combinations of methods are employed, there’s an impact on a data center somewhere. In the case of Bernie Cobb’s session at HP Discover, he focused on the owner-operated model. Bernie is the architect behind HP’s Facility-as-a-Service, so he knows a thing or two about data center facilities.


There are certain features a modern data center needs to have, in a combination based on the user’s needs – resiliency, density, fault tolerance, orchestration, modularity, standardization, and efficiency. How users combine these features determines not just performance, but cost, and with a data center we know we’re not talking small change. Modularity facilitates the flexible combination of redundancy and capacity, in terms determined by IT processing requirements. Density has a significant impact on space, power and cooling requirements.


The orchestration piece is increasingly interesting. This is where IT management meets data center management. At HP we call that Converged Management, and it's what the market calls data center infrastructure management (DCIM) – though they actually are different as DCIM still lives within the facility space, whereas converged management is fully integrated IT and facility.


But what’s clearly cool about the new requirements of data center planning is that the questions should no longer start with how big, how available, how much, and how long. The answers are found in determining IT sourcing strategies; only then would anyone have an insight into “how” questions, as the owner-operated data center hosts what’s left from the external sourcing strategies. I heard one customer this week at HP Discover say they intend to move 100% to Cloud. My own reaction to that is summarized by “hmmmm.” There will always be a need for the data center; the planning trick is in knowing the context. And that’s what’s new for many organizations as they struggle with the options available to them. And that’s where people like Bernie Cobb come in, to guide IT and facilities through the process.




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