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Massive data proliferation, the cloud, app containerization, business competition and stagnant IT budgets combined to wreak havoc on old data center paradigms. Today, a modern data center does not embody a physical location as much as it represents a new operating model for business.

Gartner predicts that by 2025, 80% of enterprises will shut down their traditional data centers – those siloed, labor-intensive, slow to set up and expensive-to-maintain conglomerations of hardware and software.

However, the modern data center is far from dead. The new breed will be agile, automated, application-friendly and multicloud capable. For many organizations, data centers will continue to exist on-premises in some form. But these same companies, and legions more, will elect to accomplish data center modernization by leveraging colocation facilities and the public cloud.

Solutions for Data Center Modernization

Organizations that choose colocation and/or the public cloud to house their data centers do so to achieve higher availability and uptime standards, the ability to scale resources at will, and around-the-clock facilities management. Offloading routine management and maintenance of hardware and software to hosting facilities or public cloud frees organizational IT personnel to focus on more pressing business needs, sharpening competition. Other tangible benefits that can impact the bottom line include reduced capital and operating expenditures for hardware, smaller property leases, and even energy savings as data centers take a tremendous amount of power to cool.

Despite the clear benefits of operating data centers from colocation facilities or the public cloud, organizations should only proceed with migrations after extensive due diligence and planning. Compliance and security considerations are considerable, applications must be suited to run across distributed infrastructures, and usage costs must be fully understood. A “lift-and-shift” from on-premises services to hosted facilities or the cloud is never advisable. In fact, these hasty migrations have led to the phenomenon of cloud recoil, the process by which organizations bring their apps and workloads back into on-premises facilities due to a failed cloud or hosted experience.

Fortunately, Structured’s cloud and data center services experts are well versed in the type of review, planning, and budgeting exercises required to ensure smooth migrations. We offer extensive professional services to assist in these endeavors and avoid costly cloud migration mistakes.

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Craig Rhodes

Structured Professional Spotlight

Craig Rhodes, Managing Director of Data Center Services

As the Managing Director of Data Center Services at Structured, Craig is an experienced professional providing data center and program management consulting services. He has unique insight into both traditional on-premises and cloud-based data center projects, strategy, process improvement, business continuity planning, and organizational resilience.

Craig belongs to BICSI, (pursuing RTPM and DCDC certifications) as well as AFCOM, ASIS, and Infrastructure Masons. Craig is also a PMP Certified Project Manager through the Project Management Institute, with a BS in Finance and MS in Organization Development (Change Management).