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Your data center can be one of the most complex operations within your business. One of the top priorities for Chief Information Officers is to cut costs in their data center, but it also remains a point of frustration. The expectation is to grow and adapt data center infrastructure all while decreasing costs. CIOs have the tall order of eliminating waste of funds and creating an environment that operates at peak efficiency. So how do you do that? Here are a few tips if you’re a CIO looking for ways to increase efficiency in your data center.

Optimize Your Infrastructure

This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you don’t have the right infrastructure in place in your data center, you may be sacrificing efficiency and profitability. Optimize your infrastructure by making sure that you have the storage, server, and networking equipment necessary to manage all your organization’s data. In addition to having the correct platforms and tools, avoid downtime and compliance issues by properly maintaining your infrastructure. By having the correct infrastructure in place you will find that many problems will address themselves.

Manage Your Data

Fun Fact - Did you know there are over 200 various data types flowing through a data center at any given time? If you didn’t, that could be what’s keeping your data center from operating at peak efficiency. Understanding all the data types, from human data to unstructured data, can help you better plan your storage pools and monitor your infrastructure’s performance.

Know When to Say When

A common frustration in data centers is a lack of capacity or performance issues. This can be attributed to holding onto data for too long. While it’s true that certain types of data (especially when it comes to clients) need to be stored for long periods of time, but not every last file should be kept forever. It is important to take stock of what data needs to be kept and what can be deleted. For example, video information takes up a great deal of storage. So, it may be a good idea not to keep videos that aren’t providing value. To improve efficiency in this aspect, put a data retention policy in place that specifies how long each type of data should be stored.

Always Seek to Improve

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you’ve already done enough to optimize your data center. There’s always room for improvement in a configuration as intricate as a data center. Continue to ask the tough questions and push yourself, as well as your staff to find the best solutions to those questions. Constantly looking to improve your data center will increase efficiency and ultimately make it more competitive as a whole.

What’s Next?

As the World’s #1 Reseller of Certified Pre-Owned Storage Hardware & Support, Reliant Technology can help you craft the best solution for your data center infrastructure and increase efficiency. Whether it is capacity planning, maintenance & support, or trading in surplus IT assets, you’ve come to the right place. To learn more, reach out to a dedicated storage specialist by using the chat box on this page or contact us at 1.877.227.0828.