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Gartner shares nine IT infrastructure cost saving tips

Hamish Barwick | March 6, 2012
Trying to make savings in a lean data centre environment might seem like a hard task but there are a number of steps IT managers can take to reduce spend further, says analyst firm Gartner.

5: Reduce power and cooling needs

"Companies should modularise data centre design, plan for increased rack density, consider slab versus raised floor and implement energy monitoring tools," Caminos said.

6: Contain storage growth

According to Caminos, managing Big Data has become an issue in Australia. "IT managers are wondering how you measure and keep track of Big Data. Thin provisioning and virtualization can give you utilisation rates of up to 80 per cent," she said.

7: Enhance IT asset management

To save money here, Caminos suggested reducing server hardware refresh cycle times and increasing virtualization "Server performance per kilowatt gains and space saved can justify the price," she said.

8: Push down IT support

Implementing self-service portals so staff can solve IT issues themselves would help reduce the need for IT support and free up staff to work on other problems, Caminos said.

9: Defer noncritical key initiatives

"We see businesses trying to move forward with everything on the list and they need to prioritise," Caminos said. "The areas they should focus on is centralised IT, an alternative delivery model and implementation of staff productivity."



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