Data centers, long the hub of all IT activity in nearly all-sized organizations, have changed dramatically in recent years. “Big iron” has given way to tight clusters of open servers, and floor-to-ceiling racks of computer hardware have transitioned to blade servers, high-density disk arrays and low-profile network switches.
But probably the biggest change of all is the migration of traditional on-premise data centers to an outsourcing model for all or most data center infrastructure. The so-called Infrastructure-as-a-Service phenomenon has gained considerable steam as IT leaders look to save money on capital and operating expenses while simplifying infrastructure management and improving performance, availability and security.
But selecting an outsourcing partner for data center infrastructure can be a tricky process, since the stakes are so high. Picking the wrong outsourcing provider can cost, rather than save, money and open up the company to more risk, rather than mitigating it.
In this whitepaper, you will learn about three essential things you should look for when evaluating and selecting an outsourcing partner for data center infrastructure.