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Evolution of Data Center – Becoming Smaller, Yet More Powerful

Data Center Infrastructure Management

Data Center Infrastructure Management

Credits – Mr Sanjay Motwani ,Sales Director – India & SEA, Raritan.

The data center performance requirements are growing and making the IT managers to explore more ways to limit physical expansion by increasing the utilization of current resources. Server consolidation by means of server virtualization has become an appealing option for organisations.

 

The increasing complexities imposed by business requirements to stay competitive and agile have made the Data center architectures to evolve, in order to meet the demands and needs of the organizations. Industry trends such as data center consolidation, server virtualization, advancements in processor technologies, increasing storage demands, rise in data rates, and the desire to implement “green” initiatives is causing stress on current data center designs.

However, crucial innovations are emerging to address most of these concerns with an attractive return on investment (ROI). Future data centers architectures will incorporate increasing adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet, new technologies such as Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and increased interaction among virtualized environments. Business needs require highly reliable applications, which in turn require more servers in the data center and secondary data centers to accommodate the need for business continuity.

The data center performance requirements are growing and making the IT managers to explore more ways to limit physical expansion by increasing the utilization of current resources. Server consolidation by means of server virtualization has become an appealing option for organisations. The use of multiple virtual machines takes the full advantage of a physical server’s computing potential and enables a rapid response to shifting the data center demands.

This rapid increase in computing power coupled with the increased use of virtual machine environments is increasing the demand for higher bandwidth and at the same time creating additional challenges for the network.

The increasing demand for the data centers have made them more effective and innovative.

Most of the vendors are coming up with new innovative ideas to reduce the difficulties faced in managing the data centers. Today’s data centers have increased in size, density and complexity and companies are looking for effective tools to reduce costs, increase both operating and energy efficiencies, and maximize staff productivity. Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions are the new market tool that data center and facility managers have begun to deploy to meet these challenges.

New technologies and monitoring facilities that are making Data centers more powerful:

Data Center Infrastructure Management tools monitor everything and ease the capacity, planning and operational support. The data centers come with a data center tracker, an easy-touse data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution that provides real-time information about the facilities, networks and IT. This clearly visualizes the infrastructure to help data centers and facility managers manage placement of IT equipment, make informed capacity management decisions and keep accurate track of data center assets during any relocation, collocation, or consolidation project. This tracker is easy to implement, integrate, administer and operate, providing a fast ROI. DCIM suites offer so many capabilities, many mega-centers are already deploying DCIM, and some are already realizing highly successful DCIM-enabled results. Many of these mega-centers address their structure related management needs first, with facilities-style commercial or home grown monitoring and alarming fabrics. Facilities professionals have been modernizing their control logic and data center designs over the last few years and many of the most visible DCIM solutions at these mega-centers can be looked at as the next generation of Facilities Management Systems.

With the new Mobile Application trackers one can monitor the data center floor to review and verify associated inventory data like—

Intelligent Capacity Management

· Available power, space and network

· Search, place and reserve IT equipment

· Capacity trend and forecast

Intelligent Capacity Management

Change Management

· Workflow for moves, adds and changes including data center relocation or colocation projects

· Approvals and status

· API’s to CMDBs, asset, or third-party ticketing systems

Accurate Asset Management

· All data center physical resources and logical connections

· Maintenance and lease information

· Intelligent rack asset strip

· Smart models library with model/port information for easy configuration

Visualization

· Dashboard

· Floor plans

· Rack and row elevations

· Power chain

· Network and data ports

Power Management and Energy Management

· Accurate view of power usage

· Easily monitor energy trends

Conclusion

This has led to a huge responsibility on the IT professionals who invest and focus on the lifecycle management of their specific IT assets (like servers, switches and storage) over long periods, and solutions which manage the operational change which will be paramount to their success. These IT professionals are becoming aware of the failures, support service desk trouble ticketing processes, and also look at how virtualization can affect their overall services and delivery. Hence they are choosing the best of the data centers infrastructure management providers for availing the best of the services.

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About Kalpana Singhal

Kalpana Singhal is Co-Founder & Editor in Chief at Techplus Media. She is an Innovative & challenger Entrepreneur who started her journey from corporate communication in early 2001 with I.T. Industry followed by Lead - Editorial at BeautyIndia.in in 2008 . You can follow her on twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

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