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4 Optimization strategies get a boost from new technologies engineered to improve IT operations. SIX STEPS TO WRING BETTER PERFORMANCE OUT OF DATA CENTERS managers understand that every IT dollar spent on such routine needs is one that cannot be used to meet new operation demands. This reality represents a significant challenge in an era of static or shrinking IT budgets. What’s the best way to address this challenge? Many CIOs opt for a two-pronged strategy that optimizes in-house IT resources for maximum performance and efficiency while simultaneously capitalizing on cloud computing. “The primary goals for optimization plans revolve around shrinking the physical space needed for the data centers, increasing the utilization of the hardware infrastructure, and reducing power and cooling requirements,” says Anil Desai, an independent IT analyst. any organizations spend the bulk of their IT resources — both in financial and personnel terms — simply maintaining the operation of their data centers. In fact, analyst firms estimate that roughly 60 to 80 percent of an organization’s IT budget goes to nonstrategic tasks such as security patching, routine software updates and resolving hardware conflicts. IT M COVER STORY 4ab-7ab GSO145298.indd 1 9/23/14 12:07 PM