1. Making the case for in-house data centers

    Outsourcing, cloud services and financial pressure are constant realities for IT leaders. Shared data centers and cloud service providers are often a good choice. If the organization’s IT demands are difficult to predict or highly variable, building additional data centers make little sense. Despite the cloud trend, managing internal data centers effectively remains an important IT responsibility. Cost optimization, vendor management and creative ways to add value are all in play for data center managers in 2016.

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    1. Certain medical applications will continue to be run in-house here because low latency and high performance are absolutely vital. Lives are at stake if some of our applications fail to perform
    2. Soon after joining the organization, I found out that we were wasting significant money on buying electrical power at data centers. Optimizing that situation delivered one million dollars in savings.
    3. DCIM and monitoring software are important to monitor facility temperature, electricity usage and other factors.
    4. Some states have deregulated electricity and that means cost reduction opportunities. When I was in Pennsylvania, I achieved a 25 percent reduction in electricity expenses by switching electricity suppliers.
    5. Reviewing data storage technology is another area for process improvement. Our data center currently uses data tapes. While it is a proven technology, it is inefficient to use. Cheaper and faster data storage and backup solutions are an area to be investigated.
    6. Six months before a vendor contract expires, I start the process to research alternatives and ways to improve the contract.
    7. Understanding vendors requires a strong understanding of invoices. A well informed data center manager is able to understand each line item on an invoice to validate whether it is correct.
    8. We have used spare capacity in our data center to test mainframe computers under consideration. That stress testing helped IT make better choices about which equipment to purchase.
    9. Our organization has found that an in-house data center strategy is more cost efficient and productive.
    10. From a facilities perspective, we have a great relationship with IT – they can pick up the phone and have problems addressed fast. That responsiveness is important in health care.
    11. Our Texas data center has over thirty thousand square feet available which could be developed. We are exploring the possibility of leasing this capacity to another organization.
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