The research firm also advises making the measurement of energy efficiency a high priority. Advanced monitoring, modeling, and measuring techniques and processes are essential to the adoption of many new technologies and adherence to government policies.
Gartner also lists several tips for refurbishing a data center. First is evaluating the location of the facility. Labor rates and the cost of energy need to be weighed against security risks.
Next, the size of the site has to be measured against whether it can accommodate growth. A refurbished site must provide at least five years of capacity, including physical, electrical and networking, to make the project worthwhile.
Finally, in determining whether a data center overhaul is necessary, companies need to look carefully at the technical problems of integrating new components into an existing facility. They should also determine whether it is possible to keep the data center running while renovations are underway.