Enterprise Networking: 10 Hidden Costs of New-Generation Data Center Operations

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-03-19 Print this article Print
Cost No. 1: Capex

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. It could save you from investing capital in a new build before you even need it. 
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.  
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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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