With every component of business, trust is everything – trusting a sales team to perform to the best of its ability, trusting a financial department to plan for the long-term and most of all, trusting an IT department and the infrastructure it manages to work efficiently and within budget.
For C-level management, having the knowledge that the business can sustain itself through turbulent periods is imperative. Unsurprisingly at the heart of this peace of mind is the underlying IT; the infrastructure running mission-critical applications, the ecosystem assets reside in, and how the data that puts pressure on the business is functioning.
The recent explosive growth of data and mobile services have led many businesses to reassess their strategies for coping with fluctuating IT demands. In addition, data centre capacity planning, data’s unwieldiness and the need for sustainability have all pushed the data centre to the front of C-level discourse.
It is no longer acceptable to have a rough idea of where assets are and how the data centre is functioning – businesses must have real-time delivered insight with 100% accuracy. Only then can a business fully address its problem areas and avoid the risks that were previously hidden. After all, data can quickly grow into an uncontrollable monster if businesses have not made the necessary preparations and are unprepared.
The advantages of a sustainable, resilient facility are easily recognisable – power-related cost savings can be undertaken, asset lifespan improvements witnessed, and the ability to scale the business to meet Big Data demands, implemented.
It should be pointed out that sustainability is not just a ‘green’ agenda. Obviously the cost savings which accompany an efficiently run data centre are enticing from a financial point of view, as is the knock-on positive impact on the environment and public relations, but for all the corporate responsibility benefits that come from an ASHRAE compliant facility, security within the data centre is often equally, if not more important, for many businesses.
When auditing, regulators must scrutinise every aspect of the business. Confidential data must be protected at all times and that comes from knowing exactly where all assets are. Not having this information will only yield heavy financial penalties and a loss of corporate credibility. There is no longer any excuse when data centre management solutions are available to businesses.
Lost or misplaced assets, out-dated record systems and miscommunication / human error need to be eradicated as quickly as possible if a business is to progress in the modern digital era.
Cutting The Risks At The Roots
Whether security risks or data growth are driving change, businesses must prepare for the future. Customer expectations of an always-on service will only intensify the IT demands on businesses. Also, it is no longer a case of just building more facilities – this method does not make any financial or environmental sense.
The number of data centres will increase, but so will the strain they put on the power capacity of whole countries – for example, facilities already consume 1.2% of global power – 2% in the US – and there are only approximately 13,000 data centres. Uncontrolled data centre construction is not an effective strategy and every business should focus on creating a sustainable, efficient facility to offset this issue.
Not only will it benefit the business itself, but it will have a range of positive effects further afield. Data centre management was always a case of practicality versus planning, but data centre visibility and sustainability has shifted to become a ‘must have’ – a fundamental, critical component for ensuring business continuity.
Businesses should desire the benefits that accompany visibility. With the right data keeping IT managers informed about their environments, businesses can shed the risks they were previously unaware of and move into the future knowing they have resilient infrastructure, are meeting corporate responsibility requirements and avoiding audit issues.