Guidelines for How to Plan a Next-Gen Data Center

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-12-02 Print this article Print

What factors and best practices should be considered in developing a data center strategy and architecture while balancing risk, cost, quality and agility? Gartner Research analysts Donna Scott and Paul McGuckin offer their perspectives at the Gartner Data Center Conference Dec. 2 at the MGM Grand Hotel.

LAS VEGAS-Few IT managers ever get the opportunity to put together a well-written, well-researched strategy with detailed architecture to build a fresh new data center.

What is most likely to happen in the real world is that a manager will inherit an older data center-one in which the inventory increases over time due to business initiatives, mergers and acquisitions, shadow IT, and business growth.

Then, depending upon budgetary allowances, the manager may occasionally start a project to rationalize the value of the data center-typically driven by a large fiscal-year savings he or she may have achieved after consolidating a bunch of servers, thanks to virtualization software.

This scenario was reported as a typical one in a survey taken at the November 2007 Gartner Data Center Conference, where nearly three-quarters of the attendees said they were in the process of a physical data center consolidation project. This is still pretty much status quo today.

At the Gartner Data Center Conference Dec. 2 at the MGM Grand Hotel, Gartner Research analysts Donna Scott and Paul McGuckin offered their perspectives on what factors and best practices should be considered in developing a data center strategy and architecture, while balancing risk, cost, quality and agility.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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