Best Practices on How to Implement a DCIM Solution

Data center operations for colocation providers differ fundamentally from enterprise IT operations – however, the process for implementing a DCIM solution is correlative. Data center expert Soeren Schroeder believes it depends more on the company’s culture rather than how the software is used. To verify his point of view, he shares his best practices on how to implement a proper solution for colocation provider across multiple sites.

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What Data Center Managers can learn from Amazon’s failure and Netflix’s success

When I travel I sometimes find time to view one or more of the many short presentations available through the Ted.com universe. What a great concept of providing these short insights through an easy-to-access (even offline while in-air) interface. While obviously not all presentations catch my interest, most are actually quite good and some even mind-blowing. Continue reading “What Data Center Managers can learn from Amazon’s failure and Netflix’s success”

DCIM – From Metrics to KPIs

American engineer, statistician, professor, author, lecturer and management consultant Dr. W. Edwards Deming once said

“In God we trust; all others bring data.”

While this is somewhat funny, the point is also very clear. Without proper data to back our ideas, strategies and journeys, we’re merely guessing and hoping for the best. However a very common challenge amongst data centre managers trying to mature the management of data centres, is best described similar to the Big Data challenge of other industries. Continue reading “DCIM – From Metrics to KPIs”

The Truly Dynamic Data Center: Sci-Fi or Reality?

I recently wrote an Expert Paper explaining Data Center Efficiency in practice using smart tools and methods to ensuring an energy efficient operation of a data centre, without taking on risk in the process.

While writing the paper I came to re-visit one of my big dreams for our beloved data center industry: The truly dynamic data center, capable of self-optimising the efficiency, while honouring any dynamic load requirement at any times. Continue reading “The Truly Dynamic Data Center: Sci-Fi or Reality?”

10 Stepping Stones to a Successful DCIM Adoption

Today there is much talk about the real value of DCIM and some are even busy declaring the whole DCIM initiative as a failure. However its far from true and honestly speaking, representing a visionary vendor in this space, I’m actually glad to see some of the hype from analysts and giant vendors setteling, so that we now get the opportunity to talk about what really matters for organisations. Continue reading “10 Stepping Stones to a Successful DCIM Adoption”