NVTC is inviting members and industry leaders to serve as guest bloggers, sharing insights and information on trends or business issues relevant to other members. In the below post, Marc Berman of member company Vector Technical Resources steps that organizations can take to say ahead of data center trends and make a smooth transition into virtualization.
Cloud computing, automation, and virtualization have changed the data center forever. Thanks to these technologies, companies are now able to significantly reduce costs while increasing reliability at the same time. These changes are exciting, and the benefits of new data center environments are clear.
But these advancements have also led to some challenges. IT departments have had to make fundamental shifts in strategy in order to manage virtualization. But there are some steps that organizations can take to say ahead of these trends and make a smooth transition into virtualization.
1. Don’t Abandon All Legacy Systems
One of the biggest concerns when moving into a new data center environment is what to do with legacy systems. Some of these systems cannot be virtualized. Some can, but
they might not be well-suited for that environment. And there are some that can be kept on without disrupting overall virtualization. Organizations are often left struggling with their legacy systems after they move to a virtual environment, which can lead to costly and sometimes unnecessary upgrades and redundancies.
Before migrating, it is important to take stock of older systems. Many of these technologies are still very stable and may not require a replacement, and often times, hybrid solutions can actually make the most sense. Determine how these systems will fit into the virtualized data center before you make the move, so that your company can make the best financial, technical, and personnel decisions for the future.
2. Engage Multiple Outsourcing Providers
New data center environments are built for outsourcing, but not in the same ways as old data centers. Outsourcing now involves the actual infrastructure and platforms, while architecture and control can typically remain in-house. Thanks to virtualization and cloud technologies, companies can employ remote infrastructure and management providers. Given the global availability of these services, this shift allows IT departments to engage multiple providers in very low-cost delivery centers.
3. Invest in the Right Talent
Fewer areas of operation change more rapidly than information technology. An organization could run the newest and most advanced systems available, but without the right people in place, those systems are worthless. Traditional data centers required hands-on skills and expertise. Tech pros were responsible for installing, connecting, and maintaining hardware in addition to managing platforms. But virtualized data centers require a distinctly different skill set. These professionals must be well-versed in multiple platforms and must be able to manage and troubleshoot dynamic operating systems.
Investing in the right talent for a virtualized data center can help organizations get the most from their investment. The skills and expertise required to succeed in these environments are not the same skills and expertise that were in demand a decade ago. As IT departments are continually pressed to do more with less, it’s more important than ever before to have the right people in the right jobs.