As technology continues to evolve, business practices are changing. According to a panel of experts at the Gartner IT Infrastructure Operations and Data Centre Summit 2014, this means big changes for how data centers are perceived and managed.

"The old ways of doing business aren't working anymore and organizations are having to respond to different pricing models, going to the Internet of your brick and mortar, having more mobile applications, so we really have to respond faster as an organization to this digital economy," said Gartner managing vice president David Coyle during the discussion.

The data center has long been at the center of many companies. But even if its importance has been stressed previously, the surge of information that enterprises are beginning to experience is complicating its efficiency. As more people become connected in new ways, there is going to be an even greater amount of information that needs to be retained and summoned at will.

Companies that need to make new data center provisions should investigate how private, hosted cloud can be of assistance. The flexible, scalable nature of this technology can help businesses respond to new developments in a way that is faster and more efficient.

Enterprise cloud adoptions require planning
But while the cloud is often hailed as the future of computing, it still requires strategy in order to be deployed successfully. According to Data Center Knowledge contributor Bill Kleyman, a lot of this comes from designating workloads correctly for maximum efficiency.

"It's a lot easier to move your infrastructure into the cloud than have to migrate everything back into a private data center," he wrote. "The idea is to make sure you deploy the right workloads and have the correct deployment methodology throughout the entire process."

Kleyman maintains that there are several aspects that need to be considered when moving data centers to the cloud, including the user base, business goals and existing frameworks. Most importantly, companies should examine their cloud provider options. Choosing a public infrastructure is not an ideal way to go. The shortcomings of these services tend to put well-meaning organizations in jeopardy when connection speeds start to lag and data is breached. The only way to ensure enterprise class cloud computing is to elect for private server hosting from an offsite provider.

Cloud is essential for modern business
Despite all of the potential pitfalls, it is in the best interest of every company to investigate cloud-based solutions. But according to Kleyman, while the cloud is a valuable asset, it must be treated carefully in order to be of the greatest use. One misstep could threaten to bring down an entire organization.

"In the case of cloud computing, running a cloud readiness assessment can save quite a few headaches in the future," Kleyman wrote. "Basically, you'll be able to better understand your current capabilities and what the optimal type of infrastructure would be. Ultimately, this helps align your IT capabilities directly with the goals of your organization."