Avoid the typical gotchas in a data center consolidation and modernization project

By Patrick Bourke, a solution architect with Akibia, Network World |  Data Center, data center consolidation

Step 6 -- Draft a proposal for the leadership team

This is usually the hardest step to accomplish within any organization. Working together with all the stakeholders, management needs to be convinced that the cost is worth the investment. Explain in detail why the modernization and consolidation project is going to solve issues, future proof the data center and save money. Remember, if the project team is not 100% convinced it's worth the time and investment, chances are, neither will the leadership team.

Step 7 -- Assign a project manager and begin the project

Assigning the project manager is considered the most critical project decision since it influences the performance of the project, and eventually the performance of the organization. Make sure to chose a project manager who has actually seen and managed everything listed within the agreed-upon modernization project's scope of work.

Step 8 -- Testing and review

At this final step, compare the performance and utilization metrics assessed in Step 2 against the final completed project. Once the project's success has been verified, sit back, give a sigh of relief and enjoy the success of the completed project.

Most organizations are in the process of, or are actively considering, a data center modernization and consolidation project. Performing a comprehensive data center infrastructure assessment will ensure your organization has uncovered all the possible modernization options. Use the assessment to architect, and then select the appropriate solution(s) that fit your organization's goals. Demonstrate to the leadership team the cost savings that can be achieved and be sure to get buy-in upfront with all the key stakeholders. Organizations have to be competitive to stay in business. A data center modernization and consolidation project can help your organization achieve cost savings and increase energy and operational efficiency.

Bourke is responsible for assessing and designing data center solutions to meet the ever evolving requirements of today's enterprise organizations. Bourke has more than 13 years of experience designing and implementing cutting edge IT solutions. www.akibia.com

Read more about data center in Network World's Data Center section.


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