Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 54 - Page 56

FEATURE : DATA CENTRE SOLUTIONS
for larger organisations . Downtime leads to lost sales , damaged brand reputations and SLA payouts .
Driving efficiency is more important than ever as most data centre managers now have corporate sustainability initiatives they must comply with . Increased efficiency also leads to reducing operating costs and extracting more value out of existing capacity .
By improving productivity , data centre managers can devote more resources to strategic projects rather than manual , time-consuming tasks . This can result in getting services online faster and responding to outages quicker .
Over the years , there has been plenty of new insights and process innovation that are driving data centre management best practices . While there are many , the ultimate data centre management best practice is ‘ integration with automation ’ or stitching together the multitude of data centre operations tools and having a centralised view of all resources and capacities from integration of CMDBs , DCIM , BMS , ticketing and other tools . This real-time sharing of salient data makes data centre asset , capacity and change management easier and faster than ever before .
What trends have you seen regarding data centre managers operating remotely and what challenges does this pose ? their core objectives of maintaining uptime , increasing the efficiency of capacity utilisation and improving productivity .
Maintaining uptime remotely is a challenge when you don ’ t have information on the real-time power and environmental conditions within the data centre and you can ’ t go onsite to take manual readings . A circuit breaker might trip or hot spots might damage equipment before you even know an issue is developing . When there is a serious problem , it can take more time to troubleshoot and resolve it .
Capacity planning is difficult because there is no visibility into how much space , power , cooling and port capacity is available . Remote data centre managers don ’ t know where the best place to deploy new equipment is and manual spreadsheets and diagrams are error-prone and difficult to manage .
Finally , improving the productivity of people is arduous because remote teams lack tools that drive collaboration and data sharing . This leads to data siloes , multiple manual data entries and inaccurate data that can cause larger problems like downtime and stranded capacity .
What role does automation play in addressing the above challenges ?
Automation can help alleviate many of the pain points of modern data centre management .
Remote data centre management is the new normal . Whether it ’ s due to COVID-19 and work from home , security requirements to minimise onsite staff , or the distributed nature of modern data centre environments , most data centre professionals are no longer working onsite .
When working remotely without the right tools , data centre professionals struggle to achieve
Maintaining uptime is easier with the aid of automatic alerts of potential power and environmental issues . Data centre managers can set warning and critical thresholds on the live measured readings from power meters and environmental sensors . Then , upon a threshold violation , you will be the first to know of conditions that may cause downtime so you can proactively remediate the issue before there is a serious problem .
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