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Transforming Data Center Infrastructure
Transforming Data Center Infrastructure
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Business leaders expect data centers to go beyond operational support and become critical drivers for business strategy. Today, they look to cloud computing to transform IT into a strategic business partner.

Leading organizations are preparing for cloud computing by transforming their data centers into agile, service-based infrastructures through virtualization. Deploying virtual platforms and the supporting management tools is a daunting task. Look to EMC Consulting for experienced help in accelerating your data center transformation.

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Get IT Together

Enterprises everywhere are challenged with rapidly increasing costs — whether due to rising energy expenses, organic growth, or global expansion. This growing 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 assets. As companies rethink their data center architectures to address these challenges, consolidation and relocation often provide valuable solutions. But not all consolidations deliver the same benefits. Comprehensive planning reduces complexity and brings significant service-level, cost and operational improvements during and after the consolidation.

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A holistic approach is needed focusing on both the information required to run the business and the physical infrastructure. EMC Consulting understands that as companies need to consolidate or relocate data centers, businesses need to minimize disruption.

So it’s critical to map application and infrastructure interdependencies and schedule moves and consolidations based upon the information’s importance to the business. This information-centric approach consolidates infrastructure with the least risk in the shortest time and in the most cost-effective way.

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Enhance Your Infrastructure Agility

By virtualizing your data center, your enterprise is taking the first step toward achieving the flexibility and cost benefits of cloud computing. By accelerating your virtualization deployments, you can boost your return on investment and improve the agility of your dynamic computing platform.

To realize the full benefits of virtualization for your data center infrastructure, your IT organization must have an integrated virtual data center strategy—one that has integrated management of key operational processes and procedures, a flexible virtualized architecture, and support for mission critical applications.

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EMC recognizes that creating a fully virtualized data center is a transformational journey that requires a balance between an ambitious architecture and a solid operational framework. Such a transformation of your enterprise requires validation of the business case with your stakeholders.

EMC Consulting partners with you to transform your data center and turn your infrastructure into a service-oriented model. Our consultants bring a unique mix of industry, business, and technology expertise to solve your toughest challenges. We use field-tested tools, proven methodologies, best practices, and industry standards to help you minimize risk and optimize time to value.

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Move from Silos to Services

It’s hard for IT organizations to be flexible and agile when their processes and skill sets are constrained by the demands of existing applications. When infrastructure is structured to support specific applications, the result is a set of disconnected “silos” lacking economies of scale and shared best practices.

As IT is increasingly asked to become strategic and do more with less, the need for change becomes imperative. How can you embrace strategic change while still meeting the demands of current applications? How do you get enterprise-wide efficiencies while still meeting requirements of specific lines of business?

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You need a fresh approach. EMC recommends taking a step back to look at service-level requirements across the enterprise. First, think about the service requirements that your stakeholders are demanding. Then, compile these requirements into a catalog of IT services. Finally, map applications into service tiers.

By viewing data centers as providers of IT services instead of clusters of separated application infrastructures, you fundamentally enhance the value of IT to the business.  Instead of perceiving IT as a supplier of components with allocated costs, your business stakeholders view IT as a strategic partner, helping to make the right cost-benefit decisions for a rapidly changing world.

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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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Align with Your Business Priorities

As the value of your information infrastructure grows, so does your concern with protecting these assets from loss, theft, or misuse. Ensuring that information is highly available and recoverable is increasingly important. But business stakeholders who worry about the costs of protection may not understand the risks you face.

Even though the gap between current and required security, availability, and disaster recovery service levels can be wide and growing, it’s all too easy to settle for incremental changes and hope that the unexpected doesn’t happen.

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The transformation of protection from a cost into a business enabler requires a different approach. First, take a hard look at the risks to your information and make sure you have a solid understanding of the current and future business impact of loss or theft.

EMC Consulting recommends that you devote resources to protect your most valued business data first. Determine the right mix of people, processes, and technology to meet your protection objectives. Define service levels for information security, operational availability, and recovery as well as business continuity. Then map applications into tiers of protection service levels to ensure a cost-effective strategy that can grow and change with your business.

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Map Out Your Journey

Dynamic data center infrastructures generate business value by responding quickly to business growth and change. Leading IT organizations follow a set of best practices to achieve this, which includes linking their service-level agreements to the business, dynamically managing IT resources from an enterprise-wide pool, and automating data center management.

For many organizations, the challenge isn’t understanding the benefits of such a dynamic data center infrastructure, but developing a strategy and a plan achieving it while keeping current operations running. You know the destination; you need to understand where you are on the journey and you need a roadmap for getting there.

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EMC recommends that you look at the maturity of your organization and data center operations. Do you have manual, localized processes with limited policies? Have you standardized and centrally managed your infrastructure, but still have reactive IT operations? Or are you proactively managing processes, policies and provisioning, but still automating operations?

Answering these kinds of questions helps to determine your level of maturity. EMC suggests evaluating several areas: customer and service, organization and process, infrastructure and toolset, people and skills, and benefits realization. Then you can determine the priorities for improving these areas based on what will deliver the greatest benefits to the business.

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