DCN July 2017 - Page 13

centre of attention cross departmental or location boundaries. These different management platforms create siloed information cells from which it is difficult to extract data. With hundreds of people needing access to this information in a cohesive manner, these silos can promote chaos, as each department is unaware of what their counterparts are doing. Imagine this scenario: IT not knowing what kind of capacity a facility has or engineering not knowing if procurement has ordered much needed equipment. DCIM solutions put an end to this chaos by introducing a single pane-of-glass view that displays a unified ‘source of truth’ for the whole organisation – enabling a consistent approach to managing all assets, capacity, energy usage and more. In addition, Hyperscale environments are fast paced and demand streamlined workflows as well as extremely fast application response time to support thousands of changes constantly occurring. The ability to handle the sheer volume of equipment Hyperscale facilities contain an ama zing amount of equipment, which is constantly growing and changing. A DCIM solution can keep track of every piece of equipment, informing managers: Where the equipment is located; what the equipment is connected to; the equipment’s purpose within the facility; all equipment maintenance, by whom and when, and even the equipment’s lifecycle status. This dock-to-decom (loading dock to decommissioning) asset tracking is the only way to handle this volume of equipment efficiently. By tracking and analysing all equipment, a DCIM solution offers true scalability of operations. Real-time data for today, trending data for the future To make the most of the capacity in the data centre, real-time usage reports are needed to enable informed decision making regarding infrastructure consolidation, rack expansion and new hardware deployment as well as disaster avoidance. In addition, analysis of data collected over time allows trending information to help with future capacity planning so underutilised devices can be consolidated or retired, or resources allocated for demand and peak usage periods – before they occur. And if present data centre facilities can be optimised sufficiently, capital investments, such as construction of new space, may be deferred. Higher energy efficiency possibilities Real-time power data can help boost energy efficiency, and lower risk of overload and downtime. Knowing the power draw of every piece of equipment in the facility can enable load balancing, help troubleshooting efforts and uncover stranded capacity that can be used more efficiently. Even a small change in a Hyperscale facility can have a substantial impact. For example, real-time temperature monitoring can allow management to raise the ambient temperature in a facility without impacting equipment performance. Research has shown that for every degree the temperature can be raised on the data centre floor, an average of four per cent can be saved on an energy bill. With a facility of this scale, the savings can be huge. Multiple vendor equipment insights With all the potential facilities and assets involved in the Hyperscale model, it’s important that the DCIM solution is able to communicate with equipment of many types, ages and languages. The best DCIM solutions are vendor neutral and can pull information from a variety of systems regardless of manufacturer or device age, as well as have a variety of connectors to many different vendor devices. ‘Deploying a DCIM solution at a Hyperscale data centre means immediate A software-only approach dividends in Some DCIM vendors’ solutions power savings include a hardware component. If you’re attempting to optimise and capacity your space and resource usage, more equipment is the last thing management.’ you need. In conclusion, with the continued onslaught of data, the Hyperscale data centre market’s growth is not about to slow down – but the growth can be efficiently managed with a DCIM solution. Considering the American Federal Government’s Data Centre Optimisation Initiative, (DCOI) which mandates agencies in the scope of this directive to adopt a DCIM solution, it’s obvious that a solid data centre monitoring and optimisation solution is now a must have component of operating a modern data centre facility at peak efficiency. Deploying a DCIM solution at a Hyperscale data centre – or any data centre for that matter – means immediate dividends in power savings and capacity management. More importantly a DCIM solution will contribute to the mission critical facility’s long-term success and efficiency with CapEx delay, optimisation, and risk reduction, among other benefits. July 2017 | 13