4 CIO Tips to Optimize Your Data Center

In a configuration as complex as a data center, cutting costs is always one of the top priorities of the Chief Information Officer, but also one of the most frustrating priorities. The expectation is for the data center infrastructure to grow and adapt, all while decreasing costs in many cases. So, eliminating financial waste creates an environment that is not only functioning at peak efficiency, but that is also optimizing its own initial investment at the same time. If you're a CIO that is looking for ways to optimize your data center and save your company potentially millions of dollars in one fell swoop, there are a few key pointers to keep in mind.

1. It's All About That Infrastructure

Make no mistake: if the right infrastructure is not in place in your data center, you'll be sacrificing quality, efficiency and profitability in a host of different ways. Make sure you avoid compliance issues and maintain your data center infrastructure so that it is running in tip-top form. By making sure that you have the platforms and tools necessary to manage the huge volume of data that you're working with at the beginning, you'll find that most of these issues naturally address themselves.

2. Managing Data

Did you know that there are over 200 different types of data flowing through a data center at any given moment? If you didn't, congratulations - you've just discovered one of the key reasons why your own center isn't operating as well as it could be. You need to be concerned with all types of data to keep your center operating efficiently - from machine data to human data to unstructured data and everything in between. Understanding the data types on your machines can help you better plan your workload so that your system doesn’t get bogged down too quickly. If you have a VNX5300 for example, you’ll need to monitor your performance metrics and plan your storage pools accordingly to avoid performance issues by managing your data properly.

3. Use It or Lose It: Utilize Your Data

The collection of huge volumes of data ultimately won't do anybody any good if you don't have the system in place to process that information, manage it and put it to good use. You should be using the influx of data that you're managing to locate equipment that needs upgrades such as disk shelves or disk array enclosures, for example, or to find out which existing resources can be put to better use elsewhere in a particular deployment. Failing to make use of the data in front of you is a bit like the old phrase "those who forget history are doomed to repeat it." Your data is trying to tell you a story - you have to make sure that you're doing everything that you can to listen to it.

4. Never Stop Fighting

If you ever fall into the trap of thinking that you've already "done enough" to optimize your data center, you've lost a battle that you didn't even know you were fighting. There is ALWAYS room for improvement in a data center. You need to make sure that you're asking tough questions of your staff and that you're pushing yourself just as hard, if not more so, as you push everyone else. Only then will you have a chance at making your data center more competitive to the market as a whole, more efficient in terms of the past and ultimately more profitable in terms of the future.

What Can I Do From Here?

Reliant Technology’s team of dedicated storage and support specialists can help you craft the perfect solution to your data center infrastructure needs to optimize your data center. Whether you’re looking into storage and capacity planning, want to upgrade your existing system, are selling surplus IT assets, or are looking for a support vendor that provides the same level of support as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) at a fraction of the cost, Reliant Technology is here to help. To learn more, reach out to one of Reliant’s storage and support specialists or call 1.877.277.0828.