DCN February 2017 - Page 30

infrastrucure management

Minimal manual input
A well performed accurate and physical audit can uncover significantly more IT assets than data centre owners previously assumed they had .
an important part of this evolution . per cent through highlighting high Currently it is the only way to ensure power legacy equipment , optimising accurate population of DCIM systems cooling and PUE . and maintenance of this accuracy . A validation audit can be adopted
The level of detail that is required as a BAU task , following on from and the frequency of the audit is an initial asset audit , which allows dependent on the importance of IT rapid and accurate checking of to an organisation and the risk to the data , especially when in conjunction business if it does not deliver . The with our intelligent tagging . It also fact that the organisation is using a means that each device is visually data centre ( s ) implies high importance checked during a validation audit , – this includes outsourced / colocation rather than all devices being ticked data centres and the data centres of on a spreadsheet by an employee cloud providers . just standing at the end of a row of
A full data centre asset audit will racks … which unfortunately has been focus on the collection of all devices known to happen . A skilled team in a data centre environment , of experienced auditors can collect including servers , network switches , 5,000 and validate 15,000 devices patch panels , blades , cards , network per week using our tool , resulting in connectivity and power connectivity the audit process not taking as long ( down to port / receptacle level ). The as most fear . data collected and recorded will
The frequency of the validation include device type , manufacturer , audit varies from organisation to model , serial number , asset number , organisation and between different rack position and grid location . sectors of operation . This can be When required to extend this audit assisted by regular survey or sample to include network and power audits , which identify the level of connectivity , we also collect cable accuracy of DCIM data in a selected and connection type . section of the data centre . This can Typically , audits that Trackit show when an unsuitable level of conducts provide the insight to reduce accuracy is found and a full validation power usage by between 15 and 30 audit can be progressed .
All data collected from initial and validation audits must then be produced for rapid update of the DCIM and other management systems , with minimal manual input to maintain accuracy . The data collected from the audit is designed to be exported to CSV or any CMDB ( Configuration Management Database )/ DCIM ( Data Centre Infrastructure Management )/ ITSM ( Information Technology Service Management ) solution templates . The data therefore fits all needs and can be accessed instantly , so there are no delays in any data migration .
The latest industry research suggests data centre owners are experiencing shrinking enterprise budgets , growing outsourcing requirements and a greater holistic approach to the management of IT as a result of Corporate Sustainability , ( Uptime Time Institute , 2016 ).
As the future of data centres become more diverse with its requirements and regulations , and with the hybrid data centre looking to become the standard operating model , organisations will want their data centre and data centre solutions to adapt with their specific business challenges . This will continue to give organisations a competitive advantage , whilst controlling cost and minimising risk .
However , with IT budgets forever changing , there is always an emphasis on making the most of what you have and the ever present consolidation projects to facilitate this , both of which are much more effective with the core foundation of accurate asset knowledge in place . Equally , this asset information needs to be maintained via robust processes , as you cannot make intelligent business decisions without smarter asset management in your data centre .