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Every CIO wants to optimise their organisation’s IT function; it’s embedded in their KPIs. ‘Keeping the lights on’ is another critical KPI – but in the race to digital transformation, it’s becoming ever harder to deliver the availability, resilience and scalability fast-moving enterprises need.

Add in new demands for data security compliance and the increased need for ‘always on’ internet availability – from customers, staff and business partners – plus the ability to scale production operations at short notice as agile development delivers new applications for delivery via new channels…

And all the time, there’s pressure on costs – CapEx especially, but also OpEx – so ‘more for less’ has become the CIO’s imperative, along with ‘aligning IT to support the needs of the business’.

Optimising your IT is about scale and agility, as well as cost reduction

To meet the growing need for digital transformation, it’s difficult to know what the future holds. Harder still to optimise your IT infrastructure and operations so they’re ready to adapt to new or yet-identified business demands.

Your own data centre can quickly become a choke-point to meeting these new demands – as well as chewing up capital and operational budgets. New IT equipment means you’ll need more power – and are you able to add it in an energy-efficient manner? Do you even have available power density to support it, without a major upgrade of the power supply, cooling and fail-over systems within your own data centre facilities?

Optimising your IT means having the scale to grow as you digitise your business – as well as becoming more resilient, available and secure.

Sometimes you simply can’t optimise your IT on-premises

With the digital transformation of business, the demands on in-house data centres have grown to the point that very few are able to measure up. The sheer cost of bringing them ‘up to scratch’ is beyond the capability of organisations whose core business is not IT.

Ask yourself if you have the appetite to upgrade your in-house data centre to the following standards:

  • Uptime Institute Tier III certification of Design Documents or Constructed Facility – focusing on the resilience and availability of your data centre infrastructure
  • Uptime Institute Tier III Gold certification for Operational sustainability – which involves considerable process development and documentation to meet business-critical reliability requirements
  • Australia’s NABERS 4.5-star rating for data centre energy efficiency, or a Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) rating of 1.2-1.3 (the average data centre PUE is 1.8)
  • ISO 27001:2013 security certification – an updated and more rigorous accreditation than the superseded ISO 27001:2005

If the answer to any of these criteria is, “No! It’s way too hard/costly/time-consuming and it’s not our core business anyway!”, then is it time to look for a more efficient, available, resilient or secure alternative?

Clouds ain’t clouds

Like the vast majority of enterprises today, you probably have a Hybrid Cloud strategy. This would have involved making decisions on which applications and ICT infrastructure you can confidently place in the Public Cloud – and which must be kept in your own Private Cloud environment.

However, just because your risk profile demands that business-critical applications and associated servers and data storage need to be kept ‘private’, it doesn’t exclude placing them in a dedicated world-class facility. This means you no longer need to maintain or enhance your own data centre to meet the very many stringent requirements – including power density, energy efficiency and operational sustainability – that ‘world-class’ denotes.

Many enterprises that initially hosted their Private Clouds within their own data centre have since found that it wasn’t necessarily the best medium-to-long-term solution – due to many of the reasons stated at the beginning of this article. You can read about one of these enterprises here.

The drive to continuously optimise your IT infrastructure and operations (while, at the same time, reducing your costs) is usually best satisfied by partnering with a dedicated data centre services provider whose core business is 100% uptime, resilience and security.

If you’d like to see how we can help your enterprise optimise its IT, contact us to arrange a tour of one of our 10 data centres across Australia.

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