BlogSetting the Table for the Modern Data Center


71 percent of data centers today are over seven years old, meaning they were built before virtualization, cloud computing, converged infrastructure, mobile computing, software-defined networking, and SaaS. While these strategic business and technology initiatives drive enterprise success and competitiveness, they also put a strain on legacy architectures.

At the same time, companies are asking their CIOs to transform their IT departments into more agile and flexible organizations that can capitalize on new technologies. But working with legacy architectures hampers successful implementations. The result is often a patchwork of IT assets and incremental enhancements that have accumulated over the years and produced an array of misaligned technologies.

As we increasingly embed IT in critical business processes across the organization—from line of business applications and online commerce to back-office operations—there’s a greater need today to understand how changes and downtime affect these applications and business services. Yet, more than 80 percent of corporate enterprises still lack a centralized and automated method for managing the physical, operational, and financial statuses of their IT assets—not to mention the relationships these assets have to one another and the business processes they support.

While many critical business processes and applications provide essential services to the enterprise, they also represent a level of business risk which escalates over time, including:

  • Paying higher maintenance costs than necessary
  • Supporting misaligned technology infrastructures
  • Struggling to find skilled resources that can support legacy technologies
  • Delaying the deployment of newer, cost-saving technologies

Short of a complete rip-and-replace, there should be a more methodical approach to introducing new technologies and modernizing data centers. Building an accurate and complete model of the application services that drive the business organization is a great place to start.

Application Mapping, what we call AppMap, provides the cornerstone to a well-managed enterprise application infrastructure. It improves business application service delivery and support, while making planning, deployment, and recovery activities simple and streamlined.

By providing a complete model of the application services supporting the business organization, AppMap helps set the table for the modern data center, allowing you to direct IT funding toward the most cost-effective investments that directly improve operational effectiveness, while enabling expansion and growth.

About the Author

Dustin Smith

Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist

Throughout his twenty-five year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist at ASG, Dustin uses his advanced understanding of cloud compute models to help customers develop and align their cloud strategies with their business objectives. His master-level engineering knowledge spans storage, systems, and networking.