Data Center Modernization Components to Evaluate

We are hosting a webinar every week in April on data center colocation versus modernization. Always a pretty lively discussion, here are a few key takeaways to share if your organization is considering modernizing your on-premise data center. I encourage you to join a weekly session to have the opportunity to ask LEDG experts questions.

IT teams work at an incredible pace and scale.  The decision to outsource and move your infrastructure to colocation or modernize your existing data center are daunting initiatives. Leaders often face aging systems in their data center, the installation of new technologies like hyperconverged infrastructure,  or supporting an organizational-wide technology adoption or upgrade. Identifying the why of why you need to consider both options is the first step. Getting a clear, concise set of questions and answers for the following components are critical to a successful decision-making process.

  • Your organization’s current and future technology profile
  • Costs to upgrade the existing data center
  • Colocation options and costs
  • Latency and your mission-critical requirements
  • Uptime and reliability

When analyzing if data center modernization is the right direction, keep in mind that a few years ago, many predicted that the growth of the public cloud signified the end of the on-premise data center. Though it seemed to be trending in that direction, in 2019, data revealed that though public cloud spending is increasing, data center spending is not decreasing. Adopting hybrid strategies to include on-premise and off-premise solutions is more standard than not being driven from the volume and velocity of the data generated by the plethora of Internet of Things (IoT) devices that require computing to be as close to the user as possible.

Changing computing demands is also recalculating the value of on-premise infrastructure. A recent survey, over 60% of data center operators planned modernization projects for their on-premise data centers in the coming year.  And depending on your industry, computing demands are mission-critical. Electronic health record and laboratory results during surgery, government buildings security facial recognition, or high-performance research needs in life sciences and higher education, to name a few examples.

When considering data center modernization, many leaders jump quickly to the conclusion that colocation will be a more cost-effective, more straightforward solution. Take the time to thoroughly evaluate the following data center modernization strategies and their associated costs and benefits to get your comparison right.

  • Density
  • Stranded capacity
  • Cooling
  • Airflow management
  • Technology consolidation
  • Power distribution

We dive deeper into these modernization strategies during our weekly webinar, and I also encourage you to download the LEDG Guide – Data Center Colocation vs. Modernization – Evaluation Best Practices.