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Eight Key Attributes a Data Center Infrastructure Platform

Standard Units of Deployment.

The same data center everywhere, for consistency in operation, consistency in response to crisis, and to ease software integration.

Flexibility in Deployment.

Data center infrastructure delivered in thin slices, quickly, as needed. Enterprises can buy today what they need today, and buy tomorrow what’s needed tomorrow. Can be scaled to as large as the enterprise could possibly need. Can be delivered as a product or as a service, anywhere in the world. Available as cloud for on-demand deployment for urgent and/or interim requirements. Consistent implementation and visible through software no matter whether it is delivered as colo, cloud, or on-premises.

Software-Defined.

Software pools data center resources as an efficient way to meet the technical, business, and policy requirements of applications, and then controls and automates the delivery of those resources, and orchestrates the running of application workloads.

Business Intelligence.

Able to generate data, analytics, and reporting on every conceivable aspect of operating performance. Business intelligence is applied to all other parts of the business – the data center should not be an exception.

The Entire Data Center.

The data center infrastructure platform should incorporate the entire data center. That is, it must incorporate the equipment and infrastructure that provides power, cooling, network connectivity and the security envelope around the business’s information assets. And should provide connectivity into the upper levels of the IT stack. And insure that all components of the entire IT stack are transparent and visible to each other and to the operator.

Secure.

Able to provide robust security on three levels: physical, logical, and custodial.

Ecosystem.

Open for operators, users, and third party application developers to create new and useful applications.

Ecosystem.

Open for operators, users, and third party application developers to create new and useful applications.

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