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Data centers and IT operations are often viewed as necessary evils and often compared financially to black holes. And certainly the concept of one size fits all never applies.

Every organization has a unique blend of legacy and new applications. This is usually brought on by business users seeking out applications themselves, purchasing it, and then getting IT involved. (Suggest hard line governance) causing IT to be victims of poor business planning.

When this occurs, the IT organization comes under fire and are told to “Make it happen”.

This can often lead to unplanned consumption of the various resources and can cause a rapid depletion of resources further causing IT organizations to be under fire to get more in before it becomes a crisis. If too many business units require new toys without Architectural structure or the use of IT teams, chaos and crisis will follow.

To compound the issues, some of these applications might play well with others, some are not viable candidates for virtualization, and some organizations are told that it will be isolated away from other applications for one reason or another. (Governance-Risk)

Critical Components

There are several critical components to all aspects of the data center that are consumed by everything in the center, such as:

How much power will be required?
What is my rate of growth versus capacity?

UPS Capacity:
When will I run out, when will I need to expand?

Usually larger than the UPS capacity is the generation. Typically generation is larger than UPS capacity as other facility requirements exist pass a short term power event. Things like cooling, basic lighting, operation and help desks, etc. (more than one generator?).

Heat densities

Recovery Points
Recovery point objectives
Recovery time objectives

Thoughts for the Day

Find ways to pass on these costs to the bottom line expenses of the business unit. Perhaps use leases for the equipment, business and utility software, the costs of replacement services such as network ports, etc. and determine average utility consumption costs for power and cooling and add this to the business’s monthly bottom line. Typically, this changes the complexion of the relationship and causes business to more carefully evaluate what hits their bottom lines.



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