The data center industry is in a state of flux as stakeholders search for the optimum model of high performance/low cost data centers. “On premise” data centers now jockey with less traditional cloud and colocation approaches to provide users with a hybrid model that makes good business sense.

Managing across these different environments brings to mind aAPC-1.png quote from Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush’s former Secretary of Defense. Rumsfeld is credited with the following statement, “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”

For data center stakeholders to succeed in this dynamic environment, it’s easy to manage and plan for the “known knowns”. The challenge rests on how to prepare for and manage the risk of the known unknowns (that is, risks that have been identified but not addressed).  Forward-looking organizations will also need to contemplate some of the “unknown unknowns” so that future problems can be either avoided or, at the very least, minimized. Read more

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