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Dramatic Changes Ahead for Your Data Center (And How to Pay for it)

Dramatic Changes Ahead for Your Data Center (And How to Pay for it)

7/28/2017

An evolutionary leap for data centers is coming. The recent DCD Webscale Conference revealed that the design of the traditional, physical data center is undergoing immense transformation, giving way to one that operates more as a dynamic platform.
 
But what does success look like under this new paradigm? A dynamic data-center-as-a-platform must be:

  1. Variable: dynamic and responsive

  2. Software-defined: controlled by artificial intelligence, not by people

  3. Connected: a single, streamlined network, with all of the pieces working together

These changes aim to improve enterprise IT scalability and flexibility – which is easy to say but challenging to execute. So while this model may still be years away for some, many technology companies are undergoing other improvements today in an effort to move away from the static architecture of yesterday’s data center.
 
Moving to the cloud is one such investment – giving companies much needed flexibility while reducing the need for physical assets on site. But even for companies that implement 100% cloud solutions, they often still need basic infrastructure such as network equipment and phones. And while these companies may be hoping to reduce IT spend, in reality, costs are typically just shifted from CAPEX to OPEX. This strategy makes sense as more companies view their technology investments as an operating expense, like a utility, simply making monthly payments and upgrading equipment regularly.
 
Beyond the technology investments, migrating to the cloud and shrinking your data center’s footprint is a complex project that often involves build-out expenses to repurpose space, as well as equipment purchases to outfit its new use. And with this challenge brings the question, “How to pay?
 

Consider a Leasing Strategy

Technology, equipment, software, build-out, and services: did you know that you can roll all project costs into one convenient monthly payment? And as for those decommissioned IT assets, First American can help you recover the value of technology you are no longer using and apply it towards future lease payments – while also addressing your data sanitization and recycling needs. First American offers leasing and financing solutions designed to simplify your transition to the cloud. Learn more about our project financing solutions here: http://www.fatechnologyfinance.com/projectfinancing

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