Data center strategies are less about infrastructure and more about business requirements and helping the organization efficiently and effectively deliver services. Colocation plays a strategic part in cloud adoption and exploiting new business models spurring businesses to outsource to vendors who can provide support in managing and connecting multiple environments, offering a robust mix of managed services that assist with longer term strategies, and vendors who take a consultative approach building a true partnership. This requires Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) to work with multiple layers of the business.
Network connectivity will play a crucial role to connect various environments and companies should seek providers who have strong connectivity or network services between their facilities, customer premises, cloud environments, and more.
IT staff can then dedicate less of its time to mundane chores and more of its time and IQ to activities that directly impact the business – a competitive must in today’s dynamic, customer-driven environment. It’s 2017. There has to be a better way to operate our enterprise data center infrastructure. Companies must look to move the data center needle once again.