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Keys to effective data centre management

Oliver Lindner, Head of Business Line Data Centre Infrastructure Management, FNT Software | Nov. 4, 2015
Operating a data centre requires more than just good planning, it also calls for effective management and regular process audits.

Knowing the location and specifications of all energy-consuming devices in a particular zone allows for accurate evaluation of heat output and thus reliable calculation of cooling requirements. Potential hotspots are identified and avoided before they can become a problem.

Other benefits of using software tools include greater process efficiency and a reduced staff workload as the specifications issued by the relevant departments can be adhered to during every stage in the planning process.

The results are secure operation within predefined limits and avoidance of critical load states or uneven load phases — even when changes are created and implemented by less experienced planning staff.

DCIM upgraded
The latest DCIM tools include a number of fault-prevention functions, including maintenance management, preventive maintenance, and predictive analytics. The ability to analyse dependencies and "what-if" scenarios is important when it comes to identifying vulnerabilities.

In worst-case scenarios, DCIM offers impact analysis options that help contain the fault while quickly identifying alternative routes or replacement systems. It is also possible to orchestrate the redirection of traffic to other, unaffected systems. And during post-fault recovery, DCIM provides useful restart procedures that minimise overall downtime.

DCIM tools not only ensure that data centres run smoothly, they also go one step further. The desire for efficient operation can often be at odds with the need for system stability. By offering a complete overview of all dependencies and resource utilisation, DCIM tools enable users to identify systems that are not running efficiently or for which unnecessary redundancy is provided.

Good planning combined with deployment of DCIM tools and appropriate processes is a proven way of achieving both efficient operation and the highest possible levels of system availability. All processes must be audited regularly and all changes reflected in the overall concept. Here too, DCIM solutions are the tool of choice.


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