Enterprise Networking: 10 Hidden Costs of New-Generation Data Center Operations
Cost No. 1: Capex
Your networking and operations programs could be costing you capital expenses. It can be argued that a lower- or multitier-level design to optimize network traffic can be supplemented with a pristine operations program to achieve the reliability of a Tier III or Tier IV data center; that's money saved before you even have an operating budget to spend. But the right operations program can do more than that.Â It could save you from investing capital in a new build before you even need it.Â
Few things ever cost what they are supposed to cost. A manager or task team for any enterprise project can put together all the carefully crafted capital- and operating-expense plans they want, and something else will still come up to throw everything off-kilter. There aren't any exceptions to this in the world of data center ops. Whether we're talking about building a new data center from the ground up, simply maintaining a functioning IT nest or refreshing an older facility into a new one, DC managers have to be aware of a lot more than keeping network traffic moving, power from the wall, interior temperatures, security and disaster recovery plans. There are hidden costs in places you might not have considered. Here are 10 ideas that can address a number of different problems in most modern-day data centers. After reading them, sit down and talk to your data center management team to determine what activities can realistically be performed in-house. Discuss the possibility of performing an audit on your data center to identify inefficiencies. Once the audit has been performed, look at where improvements can be made. The expert information here is provided to eWEEK by Schneider Electric, an international data center and energy management supplier.