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Data Center ROI: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Remember the Oregon Trail?
It was probably a characteristic of your elementary school years if you were born in the ’80s and ’90s.
The Oregon Trail was a computer-based game that became a national classroom favorite. The educational game was created to teach children about the lives and times of 19th-century settlers who traveled along the Oregon Trail in covered wagons.
Your pioneers set out from Independence, Missouri to reach Oregon. The game takes place 1848. You will need to navigate rivers, find food, fix broken axles, manage your budget, and keep your players safe. It’s possible that a whole generation of children learnt about dysentery through this game.
The Oregon Trail was an educational tool disguised as a fun, engaging diversion from traditional classroom lessons. We were tricked by our teachers into thinking we were playing a videogame, when in reality we were learning crucial problem-solving skills. They tricked us into learning!
It turns out that some of the skills we learned while hunting bison and forging river can be applied to IT. Modern-day IT professionals are moving into unknown territory, much like the 19th century settlers.
Cloud adoption isn’t a distant possibility. It’s happening right now. Security issues aren’t going away. They’re actually increasing. These initiatives are real and readily available. The new technologies offer huge opportunities, especially when they allow for greater access to systems at lower prices. However, enthusiasm for new solutions can often be overshadowed by the need to implement them properly and set expectations.
Aaron Mills, Global Knowledge Vice- President of Channel Sales, said that everyone is a pioneer. “Resellers are the pioneers in this. Vendors and service providers are also pioneers. End-user customers are also pioneers. We are all on this journey together. It’s a sensible trip, but we are collectively entering new territory that we are, to a certain extent, unfamiliar with.
A migration to the “new IT style” offers huge potential in terms of return on investment and value capture. However, often the integration of legacy equipment and new cloud or security architectures can lead to unintended consequences. There’s often an urge to deploy when optimism is high and transition plans aren’t fully developed.
These advanced solutions are attracting a lot of investment from organizations. They expect immediate returns. This is unrealistic.
This is not about intentions. It’s about anticipating and planning for problems. It’s about equipping your staff to be able to handle any situation. It’s not about having the most expensive resources.
Data center return-on-investment is measured in time to cost savings, revenue, and break even. — has been more difficult than expected. It is possible, but it is not impossible.
We need to understand the reasons for the bad and ugly aspects of data center ROI. The good: Product potential and lower prices
The possibilities of new technology are too many to ignore. The ideal outcome of moving to the cloud or software defined data centers is: Greater access to advanced systems at a lower cost.
Data and intellectual property are more secure.
Increased staff flexibility to allow you to dedicate your IT team for high-value tasks.

Companies that spent millions on in-house software can now use a cloud provider or outsource it for a fraction of the price. This is a very attractive opportunity for both management and stakeholders.
Companies are becoming increasingly concerned about cybersecurity.

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