4 minute readUnderstanding Data Center Performance: Working with Legacy Equipment
A wide range of different factors, all of which are incredibly important to know, impacts the general performance of a data center. The performance of your data center not only helps to clue you in on the way that your organization is running at a micro level, but it can also clue you into certain steps that you need to take to make sure that the necessary infrastructure is in place as your business continues to grow and expand well into the future.
If you want to get a better understanding of data center performance, there are a few key things that you should explore.
Working with Legacy Systems
One of the major factors that affects data center performance has to do with legacy systems that are still in place in businesses around the world on a daily basis. The original equipment manufacturer releases new equipment frequently (typically every 3 years or so), but for many businesses, the expense to upgrade to this latest generation of hardware is just too great.
So, instead, businesses will try to keep systems that work within their data center for as long as they can in order to put off the hassle and expense of upgrading. What ends up happening eventually is the presence of equipment from multiple manufacturers of varying ages that can result in potential system communication issues.
The issue that this causes with regards to performance is one of communication and visibility. No matter what type of data center equipment IT professionals may find themselves monitoring, it is likely that each device has specific monitoring tools within that hardware, which can lead to communication and performance management challenges.
This can lead to disparate and siloed systems that can exacerbate the communication gap between both the hardware and person charged with monitoring that equipment.
Getting Your Data Center Ready for Big Data
Another one of the most important challenges that data center performance is dealing with has to do with the volume and complexity of data that many businesses are dealing with. Even though the “data boom” has been going on for the last several years, many IT teams are only just now beginning to learn how to handle this massive influx of data on a regular basis.
What you need to have in place is a capacity planning process that provides you and your team a thorough understanding of where your data is coming from and where it will come from in the future. This can help you plan upgrades for your existing equipment – even if it is no longer provided by the manufacturer.
You can consider purchasing your equipment from an outside vendor such as Reliant that specializes in providing used storage upgrades and third-party support for systems within your data center. This allows you to continue to upgrade and utilize your legacy systems to help keep the performance level high.
Want to Know More?
Reliant Technology offers storage upgrades and third-party support for all industry leaders and OEMs up to 70% off the OEM price. Have systems in your data center that need more capacity and speed? We can do that. Want to find a more affordable support option for your storage, server, and networking hardware outside of the OEM? We can do that too. Reach out to one of our storage specialists today or call 1.877.227.0828 to find out more.