by Laurianne McLaughlin

Alcatel-Lucent CIO to Take Your Questions on Data Center Consolidation

Mar 27, 20082 mins
Data Center

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How do you turn 25 data centers and 125 server rooms into just six data centers? Recently we profiled Alcatel-Lucent CIO Elizabeth Hackenson’s efforts to do just that. Hackenson and her team just finished the first leg of a three-year, massive data center consolidation project. They also turned the lights on at a unique new data center near Paris in late February.

After the first year of work, Hackenson and her team are down to 19 data centers and 88 server rooms so far, she says. (The project, which started in June, 2006, is slated for completion in late 2009.)

Among the seven critical lessons she’s already learned: consolidating the application portfolio proves much harder than closing server rooms, and virtualization proves key to IT flexibility. 

“Virtualization is absolutely critical,” Hackenson says. “We no longer can afford for every application to have its own environment. With that situation, we were 10, 20, 30 percent utilized,” she says, with the new goal being 60 to 70 percent utilized on servers. 

Would you like to pick Hackenson’s brain about data center consolidation?  

As part of our coverage, Hackenson has agreed to answer written reader questions about transforming the data center. Selected questions and answers will post online.  To submit your question, please email it to