3 Signs That Your Company Needs A Data Center Consolidation Or Decommissioning

Technology is always advancing and it’s difficult to know how and when to keep up with all of the changes. You know that responding to these changes is necessary. It may be one way your company can retain it’s competitive edge, but how can you determine when you need a data center consolidation or decommissioning? Here are three warning signs that may help your company make this crucial decision:

1. The Age Of Your Data Center

Think of hardware and software aging like dog years; just like man’s best friend, one year for us may be an entire lifetime for your hardware and software. If your data center is old, it’s probably struggling with a lack of space and it’s power capacity is waning. These problems are inevitably caused by an aging system.

Aging data centers can’t adapt quickly, nor do they respond well to new software or software updates. The result is a system that operates slowly, inefficiently and may lag or crash. This kind of downtime is not the image your company wants to portray. Not to mention that unhappy customers and employees are more costly than happy ones in the long run.

Sometimes, in these cases, you can free up data center space or power capacity thorough a data center consolidation. You can enact this consolidation through energy management or virtualization. Archiving unused servers with low CPU utilization can also help and save floor space. Asking a reputable data center consolidation company can point you in the right direction.

2. Lack Of Efficient Cooling Methods

Over time, data center hot spots are inevitable and sometimes the existing cooling distribution can’t handle the new, more concentrated heat. Also there is a stark reality if you have a traditional, uncontained, raised-floor center: you have cooling leakages. Realistically, 40% or more of the climate-controlled air you supply will be bypassed to compensate for those leakages. It varies how much this diminishes the effectiveness of your cooling system and data center, but needless to say, you’re still wasting money.

Data center consolidation that includes adding row containment, brush strips to raised floors and blanking panels to racks can increase the efficiency of your original cooling system. This is a temporary solution and may prolong your need to decommission your data center for a period of time.

3. Higher Maintenance Costs

An antiquated system that runs hotter, requires more artificial cooling and needs more software patches will inevitably cost more money. When the data center is running hot, the manufacturer no longer supports software and spare parts become more difficult to acquire, cooling, supporting software and acquiring replacement parts cost more time and money.

Higher Maintenance Costs Point To Decommissioning

Unfortunately, there are no temporary fixes that can prolong the need for decommissioning in this case. You can spend the money cooling, finding repair parts and pay for software maintenance, but the gap between your setup and what is cost effective and efficient continues to grow. It’s time for a data center decommission or an update and relocation.

Critical Power Can Help

Whether you need a full decommission or a data center consolidation, Critical Power Products and Services has you cover

ed. Contact us today. We can help you determine which option is the best for your company.