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As Growing Percentages of Production Applications Move Off-Premises, Data Center Planners Must Lead from the Front

Published: 21 April 2015

ID: G00276918

Analyst(s): Bob Gill


Business drivers and technology shifts are leading the inevitable outplacement of enterprise applications and data from enterprise data centers to colocation, hosting and the cloud. To remain relevant, data center managers must extend their span of influence to this hybrid environment.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • What's a Data Center Planner To Do?

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Business unit leaders embracing cloud and digital business are driving the move toward agility, scalability and shorter-commitment operational expenditure (opex) models, with hybrid models, including external data centers, uniquely able to meet these needs
  • Uncertainty over future applications and data footprints, questions business leaders' long-term capital investment in new data centers
  • Hybrid IT is inevitable — data center planners can face waning influence, or seize the complex hybrid planning role that business units are ill-equipped to handle
  • Outplacement efforts, such as cloud or colocation performed without data center planners' involvement, can lead to inadequate quality facilities or services, creating business risk
  • System providers traditionally sell to IT, and cloud and hosting providers increasingly sell to business unit leaders holding the money for emerging digital business initiatives — diminishing system providers' vision and power

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