DCN July 2017 - Page 12

centre of attention Ever Changing It’s a fact, people don’t like change and when it comes to hyperscale data centre environments, change is the only constant. Mark Gaydos, chief marketing officer at Nlyte Software, explains how implementing the right DCIM solution could help data centre managers combat the confusion. T he words ‘Hyperscale data centre’ conjure up a vision of a data centre that is absolutely massive in scale and associated with the big data organisations such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and others. It comes as no surprise that this segment is growing. Synergy Research Group predicts that the number of Hyperscale data centres world wide will pass 400 by the end of 2018, and Allied Market Research forecasts that the Hyperscale data centre market will reach a revenue of $71.2 billion by 2022. It’s important to keep in mind that Hyperscale means: • C  omplexity, with a massive data load, unique network architecture, and a different hardware structure. 12 | July 2017 •  Constant, fast paced change and the need for flexibility as well as scalability. •  Capability to manage thousands, if not millions of varied assets, sometimes in far flung corners of the globe. Most importantly, Hyperscale data centres need automation. It’s simply impossible to keep track of the massive amount of assets, spread out across the globe, without systematic and automated assistance, especially if the environment is constantly changing. There is hope in addressing this constant change issue; and a successful case study can be found in the US Federal Government mandate for higher efficiency data centres vis-à-vis the adoption of a Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution. These solutions empower managers to operate their facilities at peak efficiency, and with the enormous scale of a Hyperscale data centre, it’s even more vital to use every resource as effectively as possible. The best DCIM solutions bring a multitude of benefits. A single pane-of-glass view With facilities scattered all over the world, each location, or even each group within the locations, may have a different management solution tracking their infrastructure, homegrown or makeshift solutions that don’t