Why Consider Data Center Consolidation?

Data center sprawl can happen easier than you think. Without realizing it, you may be paying for more data center space and facilities than necessary to run your company’s mission-critical applications, storage, and backup systems. That’s because over the years your company has probably acquired numerous point solutions from multiple vendors, each with its licensing requirements, refresh cycles, and operational requirements. Regardless of whether you’re maintaining your own facilities, colocating with a third-party data center provider, or using a public cloud provider for data needs, there’s a lot to consider. It’s also a hot topic for companies looking to deal with changing economic trends and new technologies. Data center consolidation is made possible by virtualization and other technologies that enable an organization to meet their IT needs with much less equipment than required by conventional IT environments.

When consolidating data centers, the immediate question is, “Where do these data and applications go and what makes the most sense?” Some companies choose to house all data and applications in-house and put disaster recovery in the cloud. Others may opt to use a private cloud and expand to the public cloud to develop a testing environment or to serve as additional capacity when needed. Any combination can be set up for a successful and highly available infrastructure. Let’s look at some of the biggest benefits of consolidating your data center.

Ending data center sprawl for good

More and more organizations are facing data center consolidation mandates from the C-suite, or they’ve just started to realize the extent of their data center sprawl. Data center consolidation makes it possible to establish uniform practices surrounding the handling of data and applications and fully integrate a company’s IT network into a single, cohesive environment for better control, cost savings, and enhanced security.

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