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Rationalizing Infrastructure Costs
Rationalizing Infrastructure Costs
Overview

Competitive pressures, expanding demand for new applications, and rising costs of facilities and power are forcing IT to extract more value out of infrastructure investments.  IT infrastructure executives need to look at all aspects of spending, from personnel to assets, and rationalize spending in data centers as well as remote offices.

Examine every factor driving costs and seek new solutions to address these pressures, including:

  • New strategies for sourcing staff.
  • Different ways of investing in assets.
  • Infrastructure architectures that match cost to business value.
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Source Assets and Personnel Differently

Rapid information growth and pressures for more flexible IT are challenging traditional IT sourcing strategies. You may not be able to afford the new assets you need for your growing infrastructure or hire all the additional staff needed to operate it. 

The traditional alternative to sourcing internally is outsourcing. While outsourcing may address cost concerns, it usually provides little flexibility or control, causing diminished service levels, accountability issues, and loss of management intellectual capital.

Our Perspective

EMC Consulting recommends considering the full range of sourcing options for information infrastructure to determine which best fit your requirements. Sourcing solutions range from short-term residency services delivering technological, operational, and support expertise, to more complex service engagements that optimize and implement specific storage processes and operations.

Choose a managed service provider that focuses on your specific information challenges. Look for flexibility, level of assistance, types of skills, and engagement duration that meet your particular requirements. Find a provider that can manage your information infrastructure and combine flexible onsite and remote delivery options.

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    EMC Managed Services provides information management expertise to improve storage operations, reduce risk, save money, and enable new technologies.
  • Residency Services
    EMC Residency Services deliver a greater return on investment on EMC products by providing increased proficiency of your technical teams and improving management of your own resources and operations.
  • Storage Managed Services
    EMC Storage Managed Services provide outsourced management of your storage infrastructure for improved availability and predictable storage management quality and cost.
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    Manage your availability and recovery by continuously maintaining and measuring your business continuity program and leveraging industry best practices.
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Gain Economies via Standardization and Modernization

IT assets accumulate as new applications and their corresponding infrastructure are deployed. The result is a hodgepodge of equipment purchased at different times. The running costs for older infrastructure, including power, cooling and data center space consumed, often exceed the benefits of using these existing assets.

IT processes become increasingly complex when dealing with a wide range of legacy assets, dragging operational efficiency down and increasing skills requirements without benefiting the IT services delivered to the business.

Our Perspective

EMC Consulting recommends looking at asset costs in their entirety to get a full financial picture. This includes facilities, operations, and utilities. Examining costs this way allows you to rationalize assets into a more standardized infrastructure.

Standardizing on a modern, rationalized infrastructure can immediately reduce operating costs by deploying more power-efficient assets that reduce cooling costs. Standardized operational procedures can further reduce the time and associated costs for performing key IT operations. Simplifying skills requirements allows staff to take on more value-added responsibilities.

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Manage Costs to the Edge

The amount of data and the number of branch offices in today’s enterprises continue to grow. IT groups are struggling to manage not only the applications and data at remote sites, but also to optimize the networked infrastructure supporting them.

Frequently half or more of an enterprise’s data resides at remote sites, where IT infrastructure can be costly to maintain. Servers, storage, communication equipment, IT staff, and floor space at remote locations are often incrementally increased to meet business needs. This can lead to cost, operational, and resource inefficiencies no organization can afford—especially in a global economy.

Our Perspective

EMC consultants provide a better understanding of your remote infrastructure utilization. Let us create a plan that optimizes costs while managing risk and performance more effectively. We identify potential savings in a customized roadmap for implementing cost optimization initiatives. This approach can:

  • Virtualize and consolidate assets at remote sites.
  • Serve information across the network from the corporate data center.
  • Optimize remote office backup/archiving and network costs.
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  • Infrastructure Consolidation Consulting
    Find out how EMC Consulting helps you to streamline your data centers a realize cost, energy, and service delivery benefits.
  • EMC Strategy for Remote Office
    Classify data at remote sites, bring network architecture expertise to remote office decisions, and define a roadmap to move the distributed enterprise into the future.
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Get IT Together

Enterprises everywhere are challenged by rapidly increasing costs—whether due to rising energy expenses, organic growth, or global expansion. This growing budget and resource drain is often compounded by the need to manage multiple, geographically dispersed data centers.

IT infrastructures are quickly reaching capacity, yet many organizations are still underutilizing existing infrastructure assets. Consolidating underutilized infrastructure assets with virtualization technology can provide immediate power, cooling, and facilities cost benefits. Data center consolidation can provide increased economies of scale and improve efficiencies at the enterprise level. Comprehensive planning brings significant service-level, cost, and operational improvement during and after the consolidation.

Our Perspective

A holistic, information-centric approach is needed, focusing on both business information and physical infrastructure. As companies consolidate or relocate data centers, business disruption must be minimized. It is critically important to map application and infrastructure interdependencies and schedule moves and consolidations based upon the information’s importance to the business. This approach consolidates infrastructure with less risk, in the shortest time and most cost-effective way.

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Align Costs with Requirements

Enterprise infrastructures frequently evolve into islands of applications and supporting infrastructure. The accumulation of disparate application infrastructures makes it difficult to share operational best practices, hinders pooling of resources, and limits economies of scale.

IT’s efforts to merge application infrastructures are often met with resistance by application owners, concerned that the priority of their performance or operational support will be reduced.

Our Perspective

EMC Consulting believes that the conversation between application and infrastructure teams should change. The basis for this new conversation is a service catalog with differentiated service levels at defined cost points.

Application owners can understand the tradeoffs in different tiers of a service catalog when expressed in cost and benefit terms. They will then naturally select the tier that matches their business requirements. The resulting realignment of applications to different service tiers can generate substantial savings, particularly when coupled with financial management such as chargeback. These savings come from deploying lower cost infrastructure for lower service tiers, as well as optimizing operations to service tiers across the enterprise.

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    Transform your IT organization into a service provider to your business by developing a service-oriented infrastructure that optimizes IT processes and better manages data throughout its lifecycle.
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The Greening of the Data Center

Energy provisioning and consumption are critical concerns for today's CIOs, IT, and facility managers. Energy costs continue to rise and power grid capacity is being pushed to the brink. "Greening" your data center isn't just the fashionable thing to do these days—it's a vital part of optimizing data center operations and managing infrastructure costs over the long-term.

Creating an environmentally sound infrastructure involves more than conserving power that runs and cools data center equipment. It should take a holistic approach to creating a more efficient information infrastructure.

Our Perspective

EMC Consulting recommends an optimized infrastructure design that reduces both energy and infrastructure footprints by incorporating consolidation, virtualization, and information tiering strategies. An optimized infrastructure design can help you:

  • Lower data center and IT infrastructure energy costs.
  • Reduce your footprint and reclaim floor space.
  • Resolve energy-related issues likely to create outages.
  • Provide options for power savings associated with future expansion.
  • Deploy industry standards and best practices for data center design and power efficiency.
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  • Green IT Consulting
    Design infrastructure to reduce energy, environmental, and infrastructure footprint, plan for future growth, and leverage sustainability best practices.
  • Virtualization Consulting
    Deploy virtualization in your enterprise data center and optimize your mission-critical applications and infrastructure.
  • Infrastructure Consolidation Consulting
    Find out how EMC Consulting helps you to streamline your data centers a realize cost, energy, and service delivery benefits.
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