STARLIMS Scientific Data Management System – Part 2
May 22, 2018
The Data Center Consolidation Process – Part 2
May 30, 2018

Modern data centers must rapidly provide solutions for new problems and meet new demands from their users. In order to economize and better manage data center ecosystems, organizations are now consolidating their infrastructures to achieve greater efficiency. Sound planning will primarily focus on business requirements and IT flexibility. However, the ultimate goal of data center consolidation is cutting costs. This article will discuss important aspects that will allow this project to be successful.

Key Factors

Solid planning prior to undertaking data center consolidation will determine whether or not the deployment will be effective.  As previously mentioned, the best plans are those that are designed around business objectives and IT flexibility. A good data center consolidation plan will take into account the key factors listed below.

  • Applications
  • Assets
  • Business Needs
  • Cooling Requirements
  • Data
  • Energy Usage
  • Servers
  • Space
  • Users

As illustrated above, conceptualizing the new data center will require considering several important features. The task may even seem more difficult during the planning process because of the data provided by the studies and calculations. This will have to be reviewed and analyzed by your team, so the information can be effectively used for the data center consolidation plan. Proper planning will prevent overlooking data center features that will lead to a substandard design and result in unforeseen expenses.

Consultation for Data Center Consolidation

Consulting with an experienced and expert managed services provider may greatly aid in the planning process because their team can provide a fresh and perhaps more objective perspective, along with knowledge gained from use cases. Employing the correct asset and data management strategies will conserve time and maximize effort. The data center consolidation process will typically involve:

  • Evaluation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Design
  • Build Out
  • Operations


Typically, data center consolidation will result in a more efficient use of IT resources, energy savings, decreased vulnerability, and faster servicing and repairs.

Part 2 will discuss Management of Assets & Data, Virtualization, and Best Practices.

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