5 Ways to Make the Data Center Competitive
Oct. 28, 2011 09:21 AM
Virtualization and cloud computing can be boons to IT, but there are some instances in which the best solution really does lay with the data center. The fact of the matter is that today’s business units have more options than ever before. It’s tempting for many of them to go out and get the solutions they want via commercial mobile applications, outsourcing, or cloud solutions. This puts IT in a tough spot, as ultimately they are still going to wind up with some degree or another of responsibility or oversight.
That’s why the data center needs to be competitive inside an organization, and be able to offer robust solutions. Here are five ways to make your data center attractive to other business units inside your company:
- Offer a catalog of services. Determine what kinds of standardized services you can offer the company, especially in the area of apps that go across business units. Email is perhaps the most obvious and best example of this kind of service. Find these kinds of services and build your infrastructure to handle them.
- Offer self-serve provisioning. Simple web forms can allow a given business manger the ability to order various solutions. This mimics the process they’d use for a public cloud provider, offering them the same kind of on-demand, ease-of-use experience.
- Utilize internal cloud technologies. Mid- to large-size companies would do well to build a robust private cloud that lets you scale offerings and lets you provision your resources as your company’s demands change. Data center convergence and automation are key in this regard, too.
- Implement chargebacks. Give business units reports on what resources and costs are allocated to various processes and applications. Use metering tools to assist in this process in order to give business units an accurate picture. Demonstrate just how the data center met their needs at a far less cost to the business unit.
- Make the development process robust and efficient. Use devops to provision the business unit’s own environment, help projects stay on track, and ultimately provide better apps.
The data center should still be a business unit’s first choice when they’re looking for solutions; doing these things helps make that choice easier.
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