November 4, 2015

It’s a challenging time to be responsible for mission critical facilities. On one hand, your IT team is asking you to deliver more capacity, more quickly – so they can meet the demands of the business. On the other, your C-suite bosses have tasked you to cut data center costs and boost efficiency (while maintaining reliability, of course).

The pressure’s on IT

Your IT team is under tremendous pressure to be agile and responsive to the needs of the business (in other words, be more cloud-like). Consider Gartner’s advice to IT: “The pressure is mounting quickly on IT executives to change the personality, structure and role of data centers. Without adapting and changing, many IT departments will be bypassed for new projects, because lines of business (LOBs) will simply need to move faster than their internal data center processes are set up for.”

That pressure rolls over to you, of course: your IT team is looking to you to deliver the data center capacity that makes IT agility and responsiveness possible.

The traditional data center model makes that a tough order to fill. Traditional data center providers are not set up to move fast. The only way to ensure responsiveness in the future is to over-provision today; the traditional data center can secure future capacity, but at the expense of current capital.

But what if the data center evolved? What if new power and cooling technology and a new data center model enabled you to scale capacity in right size increments, basically on-demand. To support variable densities. To pay only for what you use. Then you really could enable IT agility and responsiveness.

C-suite directive: Do more, but with less

Enabling IT agility and responsiveness is not the only demand you face, of course. After all, your C-suite bosses are facing tremendous pressure, too. Their ultimate responsibility is to deliver profit to shareholders. But rising data center costs are making that increasingly difficult to do. McKinsey paints the picture well: “The portion of the IT budget consumed by infrastructure and facilities is significantly reshaping the economics of many businesses. Without radical changes in operations, many companies with large data centers face reduced profitability.”

Again, that pressure rolls over to you: your C-suite bosses expect you to deliver agile, responsive data center capacity for less money, using less energy (while maintaining reliability, of course).

The problem is that the traditional data center is inherently wasteful. It delivers reliability, but at the expense of efficiency. Consider, for example, Gartner’s perspective on data center cooling: “Gartner generally finds that most multi-tenant data center operators have an extremely diverse array of IT equipment operating within their facilities and generally take a ‘lowest common denominator’ approach to their environments operating them cooler than may be necessary – just to be safe.”

It doesn’t need to be that way. Your C-suite bosses can have their cake and eat it, too, with a data center that delivers industry-leading efficiency and reliability.

Aligned’s role

If you’re going to deliver the capacity your IT team needs, when they need it, you need control over your data center. If you’re going to meet those IT needs for less money, using less energy (while maintaining reliability, of course), then you need a data center that wastes less.

We’re give you back control of the data center, through:

  • Plug-and-play infrastructure and analytics for capacity planning
  • Pay-for-use pricing and a lower upfront contract commitment
  • Support for variable densities

And we enable you to waste less through:

  • Ultra-efficient power and cooling infrastructure
  • Infrastructure that is deployable in right-sized increments
  • “The most reliable cooling system in the marketplace”