Data centers are complicated. It isn’t just the storage, computing and networking you need to think about; it’s also the power, the backups, energy efficiency, maintenance, connectivity with external services, real estate and risk management. For those who don’t have the experience, data centers can be very daunting and few organizations have the required skills on hand.
Hiring a data center consultant can be one solution to ensuring that you have the right skills to serve your business. Here are four reasons, other than just data centers being a complicated part of your business, for why you need a data center consultant as part of your business’ strategy.
Benchmarking is a fundamental part of data center planning and governance. Given one’s objectives, whether it be energy efficiency, cost control, yield management or what have you, benchmarks with measurable milestones are fundamental for the path forward.
Each business is different, and therefore, you cannot base your data center on the design of another. A data center consultant should be able to help you identify unique differentiators and targets that are relevant for your business. They should look into several aspects of the data center including energy efficiency, redundancy, availability of resources, size, performance, capacity and flexibility. They should also be able to give you a more realistic estimation of return on investment (ROI).
2. Gap Analysis
As one considers the distance between present day business as usual and the desired target state, chances are that there are multiple priorities competing for project budgets. Gap analysis that applies value and return estimates along with strategic imperatives can help with decision making and resource allocation.
A list of lofty projects without context or a clarity of path forward are unlikely to attract funding. A data center consultant can work with you to create projects that justify value and return with a clear path forward.
3. Planning and Development
End-to-end planning of any data center related project is of paramount importance. Data center projects are complicated by the diverse technologies, critical processes and procedures, and broad skills sets that converge in the design, planning, and operation of the data center.
A well rounded data center consultant is best placed to bring the proper perspective and relationships to make this successful.
The data center is an area of continuous development and innovation. It is hard for any organization to stay on top of the latest data center industry trends if mission critical facilities is not the core business., just like it would be challenging for a data center consultant to know your industry as intimately as you do.
A data center consultant can be a valuable asset to your business, helping you to identify your business’ needs and gaps in resources while at the same time trying to help you to implement your data center project and keep it maintained in the long term.
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