Your data center is the engine room of your business. It stores and delivers all the necessary information required for you and your staff to run your organization effectively. However, as your company grows, staff, clients and potentially locations will increase, and so will the demands on your data center.
How you develop the strategy of your data center can affect the success of your business. Creating and implementing the right strategy can ensure your staff remain focused on their work – however, get it wrong, and your regular organizational processes will become more challenging.
Clarity in your plans is the first important step. If everyone knows about the approach, then fewer mistakes can be made. So how can you get clarity built into your data center strategy?
1. Understand It Isn’t A Simple Model
The first thing to realize is that any data center strategy is not going to be as simple as writing down a few protocols. Many different aspects need to be considered and implemented that all interconnect and affect how the others work in the system. One of the more challenging questions is whether you should build or extend your own data center, or move to a colocation facility or the cloud? But the answer may not be as simple as just one of those options – you might need a combination of them.
Another thing to remember is that when buying or renovating your data center, it isn’t a simple space and power matching exercise. You need a thorough understanding of the nuances of design, operation, and ownership to reduce risks and complications that can impact your team and customers.
You might know everything about your data center strategy, but what about the staff who are just joining your company or those that weren’t there when you discussed it? Do those who have set aside the budget know what they’re paying for? Everyone in your stakeholder map needs to be aware of the intended approach, operational ethic, and project milestones, so they can be effective, supportive, and costly mistakes avoided.
A rigorous documentation ethic is fundamental. A team member should be able to pick up the document and readily understand what they need to know. The data center owner should be confident that all of the stakeholders are singing from the same sheet of music. For this to happen, one needs to reach into the organization and communicate clearly in the context of the stakeholders’ hot buttons.
3. Call In An Expert
Although you might be able to do some of the work yourself, an expert could advise you on the best practices, key suppliers, and approaches to help you get your data center strategy perfect for your organization.
Even if you start working off what another organization has done in the past, you might not get an optimum solution for today. Every organization, no matter how closely related, is significantly different and will require a custom data center strategy for their solution. An expert can help you navigate.
Finally, an expert can save you time and money. This can then be used to support other business activities while you enjoy using a more efficient data center. And because they will minimize errors made on the strategy, you won’t be firefighting and having to deal with issues that can slow down your business’ operations.
A clear and well socialized data center strategy is important for your business. Not only will it support your organization in normal operations, but it can also mitigate risks in times of problems.
How clear is your data center strategy?
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By Staff Writer