August 31, 2017

In Data Center Frontier, our CEO Andrew Schaap writes about mitigating the risk of capacity constraints – today and tomorrow.

Quick take

  • In a recent Data Center Frontier article, Aligned’s CEO explores how cloud service providers and enterprises alike can mitigate the risk of capacity constraints.
  • Having a data center that can deliver capacity fast, scale up, and scale out takes the stress out of data center capacity planning.
  • Then future-proofing doesn’t require overprovisioning capacity to mitigate risk.

We’ve written a lot lately about digital transformation, which IDC has called “the biggest industry shakeout since the Industrial Revolution.” And how the burden of rapid technological advancement falls on the physical infrastructure – the data centers that make up the factory of the digital age.

Very rapid technological change also means that future demand for data center capacity is anybody’s guess. And that makes life challenging for even the most sophisticated capacity planners.

In a recent Data Center Frontier Voices of the Industry article, Aligned’s CEO Andrew Schaap explores how cloud service providers and enterprises alike can overcome those challenges, and mitigate the risk of capacity constraints today and into the future.

“The burden of rapid technological advancement falls on the data centers that make up the factory of the digital age.” – Click to Tweet

The capacity planning challenge

A large part of the challenge of preparing for a future you can’t even imagine stems from the fact that technology advances much more rapidly than the physical infrastructure supporting it. A server is a two-or three-zero capital expense with a lifecycle of 3-5 years. Data centers, which cost far more, carry a lease term or depreciation schedule of 15-30 years.

Solving the challenge

Solving the challenge is about mitigating the risk of not being able to meet the needs of the business. And it requires a data center partner that can deliver net new capacity quickly and scale existing deployments up and out.

Having a data center partner that can deliver capacity fast, scale up, and scale out takes the stress out of data center capacity planning. When data center infrastructure is designed to scale up and out, then future-proofing doesn’t require overprovisioning capacity to mitigate risk.

“When a data center is designed to scale up and out, then future-proofing doesn’t require overprovisioning capacity to mitigate risk.” –  Click to Tweet

The right partner is an adaptive data center, which is future-proof. It is a data center able to match the changing needs of its clients – a data center that can quickly and efficiently deliver new capacity and quickly and efficiently add capacity to existing deployments.

Read more about how Aligned is that partner in Preparing for a Future You Can’t Even Imagine by CEO Andrew Schaap.