Audience Favored: Incremental (54%)
Business changes fast
David Chernicoff: It’s just too easy to take a piecemeal approach to the upgrade of your datacenters rather than taking big bites out of the problem and moving forward at a faster pace. Business change simply happens too fast for you to lock your company into a glacial upgrade path for your datacenters. As new business model evolve and new technologies appear, that’s the time to consider overhauling your datacenter as a business opportunity.
If your budgets can handle it, taking advantage of technologies such as modular or containerized datacenters means that you can make large scale updates to improve the performance and efficiencies of your datacenter while initially running in parallel with existing legacy systems, retire the legacy equipment as the new systems fully integrate, and take advantage of all the benefits such a major upgrade can bring.
A few large scale upgrades will get you a more efficient and powerful datacenter in time to take advantage of the potential business advantage that technology can bring.
Living in the real world
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: During tough economic times it is natural for organizations to look for ways to reduce costs, and one way to do this is to review existing IT operational procedures in order to identify possible efficiency improvements. But what approach to take?
While some may advocate a comprehensive, holistic approach that optimizes all attributes at once, I believe that a more conservative approach -- where optimizations are handled in a more controlled way -- is far better.
The problem with the holistic approach is not only that it represents considerable disruption -- not to mention possible downtime -- but it is a solution that comes attached to an eye-wateringly large price tag.
In an ideal world, it would be great to be able to throw everything out and starting from scratch, but most of us live in the real world.