Looking for the next big pay-off when it comes to data center consolidation? Now is the perfect time to rethink your IT infrastructure strategy.
The government-wide effort to consolidate federal data centers will likely save billions of dollars and improve efficiency. Already, many agencies have made steady progress, shutting down data centers and relocating physical assets.
But instead of simply moving your applications to another data center, why not consider a whole new way of managing your infrastructure? Moving to a shared data infrastructure should be the next step in your data center consolidation plan.
In a shared environment, numerous tenant applications share the same storage, server, software, and networking infrastructure in a secure way. This will deliver significant savings to your agency.
When you build this new shared infrastructure, you will need robust, highly-capable, intelligent IT systems. You may start small, but as more applications are brought into the shared environment, it's important that the infrastructure can handle it.
Some points to consider:
You'll have to manage and store data more efficiently, provide it to more users and make it manageable by a limited number of people.
The infrastructure will need to grow in terms of performance and numbers of users who will access it.
It always has to stay up and be available to users.
The technology is available to make this happen. The biggest hurdles might be rationalizing the applications and centralizing the budget. It may seem like a daunting task, but in the long run, the savings and benefits are worth it.
Rob Stein, Vice President, Civilian Agencies, NetApp U.S. Public Sector