It’s a new year and once again data center professionals are looking at new ways to make their infrastructure even more efficient. While many enterprises have been able to creatively manage IT demand without much infrastructure change, exponential data growth is driving the need for infrastructure consolidation and optimization.
Today’s business environment is a mixture of technologies, multiple data sources, analytics and security needs. But with gigantic data centers, inert networks and legacy applications, how do you make a plan to change your surroundings while leveraging your existing investments?
Let’s look at few ways to optimize your infrastructure!
Consume Cloud Computing
There is a very real reason that hybrid cloud platforms are gaining so much popularity. One great way to increase data center efficiency is to integrate a cloud model. Many organizations are expanding their data center to the cloud for many different reasons.
Competition in the data center space has created new offerings, better pricing, and a lot more available resources. This means that creating intelligent links between private and public cloud environments has become much easier. Data center control can now span many different cloud models where administrators don’t actually have to worry about physical infrastructure.
Rather, they concern themselves with the workloads running directly on top. This type of infrastructure optimization can see a part of an environment remain in-house – while other piece is directly extended into the cloud. The beauty here is that by using cloud automation, software-defined technologies, and improved distributed infrastructure management – the cloud can be a powerful tool to optimize your current Infrastructure.
Build relationships with business partners
IT and business owners collectively can look at how people work and what workflows are identified, then build technology solutions that automate business. It all comes down to two cost types, labor, and capital. If you can reduce the labor hours for a department by providing workflow to automate document processing it might work wonder for you.
Build relationships with the business counterparts and develop a technology plan to help optimize workflow, IT project, and service management. Cost savings is simple; reduce, reuse, optimize infrastructure, and cancel any not so useful services.
Redesign your Data Warehouse
A data warehouse exists to consolidate and partition transactional data into one streamlined, organized, canonical source for reporting and analysis. Be open to modifying the original design to meet adjusted requirements from business users (iterative design).
Furthermore, you can remove data that is not actually used by business users and optimize for the right purpose. There are basically two use cases to consider: analysis (slice/dice/pivot) and static reporting. You could also use a data warehouse to cleanse and consolidate transactional data for data mining, but this model would almost certainly be inappropriate for analysis or reporting.
Avoid creating high-cardinality dimensions (putting too many records into fact tables). High-cardinality dimensions will never perform well. If there is a lot of unrelated information in your data warehouse, consider breaking it up into more topic-specific data marts.
Reduce Data Center Storage Costs
Virtualization – makes more efficient use of both servers and storage by combining physical devices into logical “pools” that can be more completely utilized than separate, stand-alone devices.
This can cut power demands by reducing the physical servers and storage an organization requires. But it can also increase power demands by using very dense racks of servers and storage that max out the power capacity of data centers long before they are physically full.
Additionally you can start using High-density disks. As their name suggests, high-density disks can hold more data than conventional storage options. They do so by packing more bits into the same space, either by storing bits vertically instead of using the traditional horizontal pattern or by storing information using three dimensions, creating a hologram read by laser. Higher density represents the next step in the evolution of storage, with perpendicular storage and holographic storage giving IT managers new options.
Providing the company with transparency by linking IT costs to business services, using charge back or show back all helps everyone at the table to understand the cost drivers in IT and make the best decisions.
Your infrastructure is the brain behind your business. Advances in communication, connectivity, cloud computing, data center and more are driving IT leaders to keep up. Are you enabling your infrastructure to thrive?