Realising opportunities with date Realising opportunities with date centre services centre services Data centre services to reduce operating costs and improve efficiency While many companies are turning to cloud based solutions, they are not the panacea for all. For some organisations, modernising and optimising current data centre systems may be a more effective solution to high operating and energy costs while improving efficiency. With careful management, data centres can optimise operational processes by tapping into underutilised servers and storage, considering relocating aspects of their IT operations, and exploiting integration of the latest and most suitable technology. Addressing these aspects also moves the organisation to cloud readiness, even if at this stage cloud services may not be essential. Making choices Making the decision to optimise data centre operations is the first step, but there are many more choices to make along the way. Options such as virtualisation, private cloud, automation, orchestration and software defined data centre (SDDC) will come up. The challenge is to create the right solution stack and reference architecture, as well as choose the best vendors and technology. Decisions such as these can have significant positive or negative cost implications, so finding the right guidance can be difficult. The most important factor in finding a data centre optimisation partner is sharing a deep understanding of the current infrastructure, its challenges, the technology available and its suitability for designing and building an optimised date centre architecture. Gathering information Eager to find the fix, the information gathering stage is one most people would prefer to skip. However, it is the basis on which all future choices will be made. Information gathering is a process of assessment that examines infrastructure technology and operational maturity, workload capacity, operations, environmental impact, total cost of ownership and return on investments. It is important to focus on those areas where improvement and transformation will yield increased value to the business, maximising existing assets through discovery, capacity and usage assessments that identify clear benefits. Finding the best way to utilise human resources is another aspect, as is conducting an environmental impact assessment that can reduce energy costs. Planning a data centre overhaul Step one is identifying the most appropriate technologies for the target infrastructure. Available data centre technologies must be exploited in a way that aligns with business strategies for tangible benefits.
Any data centre plan must similarly include identifying infrastructure appliance capacity to facilitate the implementation of appliance consolidation plans that exploit the relative benefits of consolidation, virtualisation or modernisation, depending on the organisation's unique needs. The results of a Software Defined Data Centre (SDDS) readiness assessment will quickly determine if the current infrastructure components can be transformed to a SDDC platform and identify the benefits of adopting such a platform and its supporting technologies. Implementing data centre optimisation plans Infrastructure design services create the foundation for the development of validated data centre architectures with standard operating frameworks and service levels. Regulatory compliance is ensured as well as innovation that facilitates deployment and transformation of the triad of people, process and technology in the data centre environment. Data centre technology suites and virtualisation enable the process of implementing the core building blocks of the data centre infrastructure design as well as standard operating models and frameworks. This is followed by operational and functional management overlays that include a service catalogue, workflows and policy definitions for scalability and shortened response time. Unlocking potential Most businesses can benefit from comprehensive data centre services that are sure to improve management and controls and meet or exceed compliance requirements. Unlocking existing data centre capacity requires a thorough and expert approach that guides the process from understanding current capabilities to the design and build of a new or optimised data centre infrastructure. About us: Bell Integration provides expert IT services and consultancy to businesses across Europe and Asia-Pacific. Their services are focused on four key capabilities – transact, transform, run and recycle – to provide their customers with an end-to-end service and a wide range of propositions to help meet business challenges. Bell is at the forefront of helping companies drive down operating costs and improve their ability to engage with their own customers, either by supporting the growth of their channels to market, or by aiding their responsiveness and service quality. Bell Integration is proud to have won listings in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 and The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 and has featured in The Business Magazine’s Solent 250 and Southern Tech 100. Bell Integration continues to grow and now has over 300 permanent staff and over 50 associates employed at their offices in London, Portsmouth, Wokingham, Stevenage, Hyderabad, Singapore and within many of their customers’ sites. For more information Please visit: https://www.bell-integration.com/ Call: 44 2392 825925