Businesses are looking to improve efficiency and create cost savings across all operations and departments. But with data centers costing thousands - even millions - to maintain and operate, this could make a significant difference to the bottom line.
|We spoke to Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Christine Burke about market trends, subscription models and cost savings in the data center.|
From speaking with customers, what is the biggest trend you’re seeing in data center spending and budgets?
Businesses are continuing to adopt a hybrid approach to their data centers – keeping essential and sensitive data in-house or in edge environments and housing the rest in colocation facilities or private clouds to reduce running costs.
Cloud adoption is still strong, as businesses are able to scale up or down dependent on the capacity needed. This helps to control data center costs more efficiently.
With both a cloud and a hybrid approach, companies have to manage and maintain a more dispersed data center estate, which requires closely monitoring all sites to ensure they’re running efficiently.
Are there different budget priorities in different regions?
Interestingly, a survey by Intel indicated that the US valued automation twice as much as their UK counterparts. With different challenges and regulations in each region there will always be variations on approaches, just as with anything else.
Regardless of where a data center is in the world, there will always be a focus on efficiency and cost savings. It might just vary as to how they go about achieving these goals.
How are companies looking to create cost savings in the data center?
Companies are focused on the lifecycle of the data center – how can they ensure they receive the best return on investment from the moment they deploy an asset to the moment it’s decommissioned?
Companies are looking to run a more efficient data center through automation tools like DCIMs, which can provide huge savings and business benefits. The important thing to note though is how asset information gets communicated to powerful tools like DCIMs. Many are still using manual methods with barcodes and scanner guns.
Automated data collection helps eliminate costly inventory audits that take up valuable time for data center teams. It also helps locate assets faster, reducing downtime. Real-time, accurate data monitoring is providing our customers with the knowledge to balance asset reliability and energy costs.
Data center hardware repairs and outages are costly, and companies are always looking for ways to reduce downtime. Real-time monitoring of the data center environment helps detect potential issues before they escalate, such as cooling leakages and overheating equipment.
Why are more and more companies turning to subscription models?
The CapEx model isn’t always the best option for businesses as getting sign-off for a significant upfront cost can be difficult.
A subscription model for data center monitoring solutions makes it an operating expense and offers more flexibility over time, as well as providing maintenance and updates when required. Companies need to be able to grow their data center estates in line with demand and a subscription model provides that flexibility.
As an OpEx expenditure, subscription pricing simplifies the sales process and can often help reduce approval times – enabling our customers to start benefitting from our solution from the moment it’s installed.
Find out more about how RF Code's real-time data center solutions through a subscription model can provide time and cost savings, among other scalable benefits by scheduling a consultation.