I was watching a series of video clips on “data center consolidation” the other day, and I ran across one that featured some senior Gartner Analysts who were sharing their thoughts on keys things to remember about data center consol.... One of the analysts defined Data Center Consolidation as “collapsing a large number of smaller data centers that are geographically dispersed into a smaller number of more economic data centers”.
They each offered up some of their own thoughts on the subject - including “organizations’ biggest consolidation mistakes” and “critical best practices” for consolidation projects – all of which was good information. But, the one thing that really resonated with me was when one of them said…”consolidation of data center assets is “a never-ending story”!” And I thought…”Hmmm, he’s right.” It was such a simple statement…a real no-brainer. Right? Or, is it?
He might have been stating something that sounds obvious once you hear someone say it, but is it really something people truly realize? Maybe…maybe not…but it resonated with me. In a nutshell, he was simply saying…there’s always going to be IT stuff to consolidate.
- Server and storage devices
- Operational Support Processes
- Operational Support Tools
- …and more.
He is implying that things are always happening in organizations that inspire data center consolidation projects, things like…
- Directives being given by senior leaders to cut costs
- Doing technology refreshes
- Running out of space and power in their data center
- Going through mergers/acquisitions/divestitures
- Changing their Strategic IT direction
I’m not sure that people really realize that IT consolidation is something they need to be thinking about all of the time. The obvious benefits are reduced costs, improved operational efficiency, increased security and room for growth. So…if you have recently completed an IT consolidation effort of some sort, you might want to proactively revisit the need for such an effort on an annual basis. I’ve seen older analyst research papers that recommended that IT organizations do an annual assessment to identify IT rationalization and consolidation opportunities, so they can put those into their continuous improvement plans for the following year.
That said…I’d like to leave you with a few thoughts.
- Continue to look for opportunities to consolidate IT resources - even if you’ve consolidated before
- Get off to the right foot on your transformation journey by listening to analysts from the Gartner Group share common mistakes and lessons learned from others’ ....
- If you’re considering an IT or data center consolidation effort, reach out to your HP Account Executive for more information about how HP can help you.