Gartner Research

Five Steps to Shrink Your On-Premises Data Center

Published: 22 November 2016

ID: G00315436

Analyst(s): Jim Burton


On-premises data centers are too big, and they lack the agility to support today's digital business. This document provides five steps for technical professionals to follow to shrink the equipment footprint so that the data center can effectively deliver the IT services that businesses demand.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Step 1: Perform a Data Center Assessment
  • Step 2: Investigate Data Center Options
    • Alternatives to a Physical Data Center
    • How IT Infrastructure Is Being Deployed Today
    • Options for an Out-of-Date Data Center
  • Step 3: Perform an Analysis of the Impact of Business and Application Prioritization
    • Top-Down Risk Analysis
    • Bottom-Up Analysis of the Applications
  • Step 4: Optimize Your Data Center Footprint
    • How to Shrink Your Data Center
  • Step 5: Assess the Progress

Risks and Pitfalls

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