Architecting IT for digital business.
Your data center needs to deliver business results. Modernizing and optimizing your IT landscape is no longer an option. It is a mandate.
Disruptive market changes demand an agile infrastructure that enables innovation and speeds time to market. But, speed and agility are often at odds with protecting the enterprise from service outages, compliance issues, and security exploits. And of course, doing more with less continues to be the expectation.
Consequently, Infrastructure and Operations (I & O) leaders are challenged to support growth and rapid innovation while constrained by budgets largely earmarked to support existing IT infrastructure that is not designed for speed and agility!
A radical new approach is required. A different path forward that marries the traditional with the transformative.
Ready for Today. Prepared for Tomorrow.
David-Kenneth Group’s modernization and optimization framework employs a phased approach that moves the needle forward at a tempo that makes sense for your budget, timeline, and business objectives. A phased approach allows an organization to systematically adapt to change, tackling the most pressing issues today. It preserves capital while ensuring service deliverability, compliance, and a robust security posture.
We provide the expertise for the technology, process and people areas of a modernization and optimization effort. We specialize in these services:
Modernization and Optimization Strategy
How do we align technology and business requirements?
Can we get all stakeholders on the same page, fully supporting the transition and modernization/optimization investment?
What’s the magnitude of the investment? How long will it take? What resources are required?
To successfully execute a complex modernization or optimization effort, you need a strategy that aligns technology choices with business objectives. David-Kenneth Group’s business-centric process focuses on six key factors that will affect your strategy: Data Center Sourcing, Modernization/Optimization Planning, Application Rationalization and Workload Placement, Network Design, Cost Estimation, and Disaster Recovery. The process produces consensus among stakeholders and minimizes internal conflicts. It forms the basis for your business case and answers the big questions regarding investment, schedule, and resource requirements.
- Strategic Planning Workshops
Data Center Audits
Do we really know what’s in inventory?
Can we trust the CMDB?
Do we have a handle on future capacity requirements?
Having an up-to-date inventory via a data center audit is the foundation of a modernization and optimization initiative. Capacity planning depends upon a trustworthy CMDB.
- Inventory Assets
- CMDB Baseline & Refresh
- Capacity Planning
Data Center Layout
How do I balance density and capacity?
How does my server architecture affect the design?
What’s the best way to reduce cooling and power?
Design follows function and is highly dependent upon business requirements. A smart layout results in operational efficiencies that translate into significant savings in power, cooling, and manpower.
- Floor Plans
- Rack Elevations
- Patch Diagrams
How can we stay on budget and deliver innovation that provides us with a competitive advantage?
I need to do more with less. How do I find creative solutions and savings for my bottom line?
Modernizing and optimizing your IT landscape is not your everyday IT project. By definition, it touches mission critical IT assets. Optimizing acquisitions for the procurement team ensures that savings will be maximized and costly mistakes will be avoided.
David-Kenneth Group is vendor-independent. A posture that frees us to work with our clients’ vendors of choice.
- RFP Management
- Data Center Colocation Selection
- IT Assets Bill of Materials (BOMs)
- Contract Negotiations
Design and Deployment
Will my design be flexible enough to accommodate future technical and capacity requirements?
What is the division of labor between the David-Kenneth Group and my staff?
A data center should be designed to efficiently deliver critical business services and with enough flexibility to quickly adapt to changing business needs. Good design considers performance, scalability, resiliency, security, compliance, sustainability, and future capacity requirements.
David-Kenneth Group specializes in architecting modernizations and optimizations of any scale. David-Kenneth Group project managers, architects, and specialists are blended with your team based upon your resource constraints and project requirements.
Our vendor independent stance permits us to make unbiased recommendations based upon experience. Vendor lock-in is avoided. Your goals become our goals. The end result is a business responsive IT environment that is prepared for today and ready for tomorrow’s challenges.
- Network, Storage, and Compute Design
- Deployment and Configuration of Infrastructure
- Hybrid Cloud Migrations
- IT (Vendor) Solution Selection
- Manage Services Selection Support
- Software Defined Storage, Compute, and Network