Dimension Data has launched a maturity tool to help organizations assess their capabilities and prioritize initiatives for building next generation data centers.
The Data Center Development Model is created as the consumers were demanding for the guidance and plans to make their data center more responsive and agile.
According to Steve Joubert, group executive for data centers at Dimension Data, global competitive pressures brought on by social, mobile, analytics and cloud have had a tremendous impact on data centers to transform to remain relevant.
The result of not looking at the areas holistically, including networking and security, can have financial impact.
Company said most IT departments do not understand the impact of their projects on other parts of the infrastructure, including the data center and then find it difficult in deciding from where to start for the maximum benefit.
For example, the cost of the project can increase three fold if virtualization and converged infrastructure projects do not include a review and strategy for the underlying network.
Dimensional Data’s Data center Development Model will scrutinize the 11 critical domains in the data center (as-is state) and what their future needs will be (to-be state).
The output of the workshop-style engagement provides practical implementation recommendations for the most valuable initiatives around their data center.
The solution will identify infrastructure gap in an organization, determine the most efficient operating model for data center and understand the best way to exploit public cloud, hosting and co-locating where it creates value for the business.
It will also ensure the network is geared to support the journey of transformation and embed security at every step of the process.
Last month, Dimension Data announced its five year IT deal with Tour de France to improve the viewing experience of cycling fans.