Times, they are a-changin. The role of IT is evolving. Now, the business looks to IT to do more than “just keep the lights on” – to be agile and responsive, and to take the lead on strategic initiatives like IoT. But as Gartner points out, IT can only meet those expectations if the data center evolves, too.

Times, they are a-changin. The role of IT is evolving. Now, the business looks to IT to do more than “just keep the lights on” – to be agile and responsive, and to take the lead on strategic initiatives like IoT. But as Gartner points out, IT can only meet those expectations if the data center evolves, too.

Deliver value to the business (which means: be agile and responsive)

The cloud empowers lines of business to meet their own IT needs. They can provision servers. They can procure software. And they can cause all manner of problems for themselves, for the organization, and for you.

This is a story you’ve heard before, of course. But the cloud enables the kind of on-demand IT service that is, to be fair, essential for competing in the global marketplace. So the answer is not to fight back against the idea of responsive IT, but to enable it in a way that keeps you in the captain’s chair.

Yet doing that requires something most IT organizations don’t have: control of the data center. As Gartner analyst Rakesh Kumar wrote in a recent report, “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.”

Reallocate budget to more strategic IT initiatives (including IoT)

It’s no longer enough for IT to “just keep the lights on.” According to Gartner, “I&O groups will need to develop an approach that actually leads innovation rather than responds to it. They will, of course, have to ensure security and safety of their existing systems. Put simply, they will have to operate in a bimodal way.”

Imagine what you could do if you freed up some budget. You could dive into the truly strategic initiatives, including IoT, that will keep IT relevant and valuable to the business. If you can figure out how to harness it, IoT could be a source of tremendous competitive advantage. Your peers are: Out of 659 senior-level IT and business leaders surveyed by Vodafone, 83% reported that they have gained competitive advantage from M2M.

Yet, traditional data centers don’t free up budget – quite the opposite. And they’re not set up to do more than “keep the lights on.” Gartner analyst Rakesh Kumar again: “The data center – as the core engine delivering IT services – will need to become far more agile and responsive than it has ever been…Without adapting the mentality and approach of data centers away from continuous stability to managed change and innovation, data center managers will find it increasingly difficult to prove their value.”

Aligned Data Centers’ role

If you’re going to take on a more strategic, innovative role and embrace opportunities like IoT – to deliver value to the business – you need control over your data center. And, you need a data center that is more cost-effective and more energy-efficient (i.e., it wastes less).

We’re here to give you back control of the data center. We do that through:

  • Consumption-based, pay-for-use pricing
  • Plug-and-play infrastructure and analytics for capacity planning
  • Support for variable densities

And we enable you to waste less through:

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

The role of the IT leader is evolving. “Just keeping the lights on” is no longer enough. The business expects you to be responsive, and innovative. It might not feel entirely comfortable yet, but you have an incredible opportunity to lead the kind of initiatives that will define the winners and losers of the next decades.

Is your data center equipped for responsiveness and innovation? This three-page IT Leader’s Perspective can help you answer that question:

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