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Data Center Management

Author: Pete Langlois/Tuesday, December 22, 2015/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Technology

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If your organization is like most, it has a big thirst for data. From operations, to marketing and product development, all departments of the organization want fast and easy access to data. However, providing all of that data is no easy mission. Data center management is a complex task that requires meeting the informational needs of today, with the staffing and technology to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

AFCOM’s 2015 State-of-the-Data Center Survey results are in and they reveal the many unprecedented challenges and trends facing data centers. Here are a few highlights from this excellent report:

Growth and Expansion in the Data Center World

There’s no question that there is growth around data center services and utilization. More organizations are using technology as direct competitive advantages, and the data center platform sits square in the middle. With more demand around data center services and resources, cloud operators, data center managers, and those helping expand new (and older) data center facilities will be very challenged over the next three years.

Power, Cooling, Services, and Redundancy Requirements

Today there are more users, more applications, and more requests for data center resources. Trends indicate that with even more digital content and now the Internet of Things ( IoT) -devices will be creating even more data. All of this places resource challenges around the data center facility. When it comes to the modern data center, it’s clear that redundant systems and good management strategies will continue to be big planning and consideration points.

Cloud, Storage, Virtualization and Security

Cloud, Storage, Virtualization, and Security Cloud computing have no doubt had a major impact on the modern data center. There have been increases in cloud services, data and storage requirements, virtualization technologies, and security concerns. New storage control systems are increasing data center efficiency. Storage virtualization and efforts around consolidating data are helping data center managers reduce their physical footprint while still staying very agile.

New Types of Staffing and Personnel Dynamics

Cloud computing and new demands around resource utilization have created a lot of new types of data center challenges. Most of all, personnel must evolve with new demands of the market. This has created new positions, evolved others, and has forced the data center industry to invest in new talent. With so much more demand around data center services, it’s clear that we will not only see an increase in data center, cloud, and IT professionals, but also very evolving skill sets.

The business and data center landscapes are changing quickly. It is important for organizations to ensure they have the strategy and personnel to rise to future challenges.

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Pete Langlois
Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

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