Modernizing Data Center Operations to Fuel Digital Transformation

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Forward-thinking enterprises today are making digital transformation a strategic and operational priority. Not only can digital technologies help enterprises be more efficient and employees more productive, they can also be leveraged to increase customer satisfaction, revenue and market share.

Increasing Agility From Within

While much of digital transformation focuses on user-facing technologies such as collaboration platforms, mobile apps, wearables, augmented reality and chatbots, data center operations can act as a powerful engine driving an enterprise’s digital strategy and execution.

This effort requires modernized data center architecture capable of providing the agility, flexibility and scalability needed for organizations to successfully compete in the digital economy. Enterprises relying solely on older, on-premises data centers that lack these characteristics will fall behind competitors that have modernized their data center infrastructures and operational models.

The first step enterprises should take toward modernizing their data center operations is to align any changes with the goals of the business. For most enterprises today, this means gaining the agility that’s missing from traditional on-premises data centers. This is especially important as mobile devices and apps have made consumers less tolerant of slow service, which in turn puts more pressure on customer service agents, developers and decision-makers to respond quickly.

Utilizing the Cloud

By moving software, infrastructure components and service-delivery platforms to the cloud, enterprises make it easier for authorized customers, employees, partners and applications to have better access to critical information, services and processes. Cloud-based development platforms also allow programmers to more effectively and rapidly collaborate, test and launch apps for customers and employees.

For enterprises seeking to reduce IT costs, cloud deployments can provide the scalability and flexibility to integrate new technologies without requiring spending on additional data center hardware. Further, creating a hybrid data center by incorporating cloud computing into the existing infrastructure is an ideal solution for enterprises that have no room to expand their on-premises data center.

Designing a Hybrid Data Center

According to Forbes, successful businesses leverage the benefits of both the public and private cloud. An experienced data center services provider can help enterprises develop and implement a hybrid data center strategy by determining which IT resources and services should be redeployed to the cloud to accomplish their business goals. Once an enterprise’s hybrid data center is up and running, the right provider can also handle data center operations and management. This will free up IT workers to focus on strategic activities and business goals instead of monitoring, maintenance and troubleshooting.

Digital transformation is essential in today’s hyper-fast business world. A hybrid data center offers enterprises the agility to meet the demands of modern digital customers and provides a springboard for success in the digital age.

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Chris Nerney

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Chris Nerney writes about technology, science and health care for a number of websites and enterprises. He has written extensively about mobile technology, cloud computing, big data and analytics, health care finance and IT, data centers and space technology. His work has appeared in Computerworld, CIO.com, Data-Informed, Revenue Cycle Insights, Network World and numerous other sites. Chris also writes technology white papers and is an experienced editor.

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