Scalability and capacity planning, says DataCenterKnowledge.com in its recent survey report, 2011/2012 Data Center Market Insights.
After polling more than 200 data center professionals, DataCenterKnowledge.com has affirmed what everyone already knows – the relentless pressure to expand data center capacity to meet the growing needs of the business is creating huge headaches (some might say of nightmarish proportions) for data center operators of all shapes and sizes.
“Why are scalability and capacity planning such difficult problems? It has historically taken enterprises from 12 to 36 months to plan and deploy new data center space,” says the report. “These projects also entail an investment of tens of millions of dollars — and sometimes hundreds of millions. The scope and complexity of adding data center space places a premium on understanding the utilization of existing capacity, which will drive the timetable for rolling out new space.”
The report then goes on to identify the solution – Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM).
“DCIM software and efficient hardware can improve server utilization and extend the life of an existing data center, which can in turn postpone the huge capital investment of building more space,” the report concludes.
We couldn’t have said it any better.