Data Center Modernization for Mobility, Security, and Data Transformation

It is important for management to assess all infrastructures to get a broad view of organizational issues and areas that would benefit from modernization. This includes looking at overall organizational needs, economic trends, and technology drivers. It has been proven time and time again that data center modernization and consolidation give businesses the opportunity to become more mobile, secure, and cost-effective when trying to stay competitive.

To get a deeper grasp of these benefits, we are breaking down the key advantages you should consider for your organization when deciding if you should modernize or consolidate a data center infrastructure.

1. Mobility

Modernization offers mobility on every level of business – your workers can utilize the cloud server to work remotely, your business divisions can access and discuss important documents across large distances, and your company will have the ability to move locations easily and efficiently.

On the employee level, businesses see increases in productivity and decreased stress when they support working remotely. Research also suggests companies that encourage and support a work-from-home protocol actually save money in the long run; an added bonus on the employer side. (link) Your employees are able to download, edit and sync files at anytime from anywhere that has an internet connection (even on snow days or while traveling).

The move to virtualized equipment does have significant upfront costs requirements, but it will pay dividends in monthly cost savings. In addition to employee mobility, businesses see much lower operational costs from energy use and old hardware after migrating.

This means the company can achieve savings in labor, the server, storage and network infrastructure — while also employing happier, more productive employees.

2. Security

This probably a surprise as it is commonly thought that on-premise data is safer under internal watch, but data centers actually tend to be more secure. Traditionally, when there is lost equipment (due to fire, earthquake, robbery, etc.) there is a risk of losing the unique data stored on the equipment; however, with data centers, you don’t have to fear damaged equipment because your data is backed-up on the server. You can also erase a laptop remotely if it ends up in the wrong hands.

As far as the physical security of cloud data centers, it is often better than on-premise with military grade 24/7 security and managed software security updates, allowing for greater reliability, redundancy, and connectivity that you can’t get in-house. If you’re considering turning some or all of your company’s business functions over to the cloud, one of the first aspects to consider is security. Click here to gain access to our free eBook that details how security, SLAs, and compliance can affect cloud, data center, and infrastructure projects.

3. Data Transformation

Because of the rapid innovations, IT must quickly learn and understand new technologies that will create business value services, and continuously deploy these applications. This kind of expedited transformation is only done through advanced operational cloud systems.

Through discovery planning, organizations can build application architectures and processes that make it easier to consume and analyze new innovations, whether they’re hosted by central IT or a cloud service provider. By consolidating to one system, there is a reduction in complexity, which in turn improves speed, agility, and availability of data services.

Without a doubt, big data and social media will continue to impact business at an unprecedented speed, making it more important than ever for IT to be armed with the cloud, connecting and linking technology and services together to solve greater business problems, quickly and efficiently.