Whatever vision you may have of the data center in your future, the most important point of reference as you go forward is who you are and what you want to be able to do.
Ask yourself the following: “How much more virtualization can I achieve? If I achieve more virtualization, how much more of my IT environment can be consolidated? Should I build a private cloud, a public cloud, or a combination? What about colocation, that is, running my systems in someone else’s data center? Could I simply park a data center pod behind my current data center and just plug it in?”
Know what you need:
- Analyze all data center assets.
- Evaluate mechanical, electrical, structural, life safety, and communications infrastructures.
- Apply ITIL and ITSM industry best practices.
- Review operational readiness of your data center support teams.
- Calculate growth requirements and how to meet them.
- Perform financial analysis comparing overall data center spending and potential savings.
- Compute an overall financial metric and strategic vision for a three- to five-year plan.
Next Step: Manage