The new normal: Planning the post-pandemic Data Center

The pandemic has changed the world of work. The rapid shift to remote working for many employees last spring has led companies to think differently about how technology supports the business. And this, in turn, is impacting how Data Centers do business. A recent webinar from RF Code discussed this shift: Remote Management, Virtual Visibility, and the Socially Distanced Data Center.

Among the major changes from the pandemic is remote work: Gartner reports that 41% of employees expect to work remotely at least some of the time after the pandemic is resolved, up from 30% prior. 451 Research reports that most organizations (91%) feel their IT is up to the task, while 41% of are dealing with strained IT resources as they deal with the changes the pandemic has brought. Zoom, for example, has experienced significant growth with 4 times as many customers with 10 or more employees than it had a year ago. This change is leaving companies to manage the scaled-up users and workload, and right now many are doing that without additional personnel.

As Data Centers deal with this increased use, it’s important to allocate resources and assets properly. It is also critical to monitor these assets in real time—to ensure servers, storage, and other equipment remain online and functioning safely, and that the environment in the Data Center is at optimum conditions and operating safely. This ensures operational efficiency and enables quick response in the event something does go wrong—to keep your employees and customers connected and ensure your business is not negatively impacted.

At DSI we’re here to help you ensure your Data Center meets the needs of your business and your customers. From preventive maintenance to fire protection and energy audits, we work with you to ensure your Data Center is able to meet the needs of your users—whether they are doing their work on premises or remotely.