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By Gary Howes 10th January 2014 Two thirds of IT professionals blame lack freedom to choose best of breed solutions – senior finance function takes much of the blame. When it comes to improving data centre efficiency, 67% of IT professionals lack the freedom to choose innovative ‘best of breed’ technologies over ‘one stop shop’ solutions, according to a poll by Enlogic. Conducted during a...

By Gary Howes

10th January 2014

Two thirds of IT professionals blame lack freedom to choose best of breed solutions – senior finance function takes much of the blame.

When it comes to improving data centre efficiency, 67% of IT professionals lack the freedom to choose innovative ‘best of breed’ technologies over ‘one stop shop’ solutions, according to a poll by Enlogic.

Conducted during a panel discussion at DatacenterDynamics Converged London (Optimisation: innovation, technology and investment considerations for energy efficiency), the poll revealed that more than half (53%) feel that finance heads represent the greatest barrier to freedom of choice; with a third (31%) considering procurement to present the next biggest challenge.

Fewer respondents felt the obstacle came from IT or facilities management (9% and 3% respectively), with only 3.1% of IT professionals saying that no barriers exist.

During the panel debate, the discussion turned toward the perceived risk of purchasing ‘best of breed’ solutions in favour of ‘one stop shop’ technologies. One panellist commented that “no one gets fired for buying IBM,” with others arguing that “best of breed” technologies tend to be more expensive.

Enlogic urges all stakeholders to fully evaluate and assess the total cost of ownership and operating cost over the lifespan of the product.

“Innovation is rife in the data centre industry,” says Eddie Desouza, Global Marketing & Communications Director, Enlogic. “There are some incredible breakthroughs taking place that organisations should be embracing with open arms. Aspirations are clearly being pinned back by finance and procurement teams that no doubt see ‘one-stop-shops’ as a safer, easier, option. More needs to be done by the industry as a whole to communicate the benefits – and ROI – of new technologies so that finance and procurement become a supporting force behind new investments.”

“Data centre efficiency is an enormous headache for data centre professionals,” says Ed Ansett, Managing Partner of i3 Solutions Group. “Along with downtime, it’s what keeps them up at night. Knowing that there are ‘best of breed’ solutions available to address them – but that they’re not an option – must be incredibly frustrating for many professionals. Having the opportunity to adopt new solutions that will help organisations make strides towards energy efficiency should be open to everyone.”

Enlogic’s best of breed and intelligent range of energy metering PDUs and environmental sensors help organisations to actively monitor data centre environments, improve system availability and reduce their carbon footprint. A small but vital part of the energy supply chain, the Enlogic PDU provides data centre and facilities managers with the intelligence needed to efficiently use power resources within the rack and keep track of energy usage.

Source: Director of Finance Online

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