Network World — Orlando -- If your data center is reaching capacity and you're thinking about cracking open the corporate piggy bank to fund a new data center, stop right there.
By following some simple best practices, you may be able to take your existing data center and retrofit it to last pretty much forever, says Gartner analyst David Cappuccio.
"If you do it right, there's a good chance you could live in a fairly well designed data center for decades,'' Cappuccio says.
So, how do you get there? First, you need to identify the goals of the infinite data center. It needs to be energy efficient. It needs to be economical to build. It needs to be able to adapt to new technologies. And it needs to be able to support continuous growth.