As digitalization permeates all areas of the campus, IT infrastructures are working at full capacity. To ensure quality education, institutions must transform their IT and cable infrastructure into a modern technological system that has the flexibility to adapt to the evolving needs of student, faculty and administration. There are three essential capabilities an IT infrastructure management system must have to ensure uninterrupted campus services, provide services more efficiently and at a lower cost: Documentation, Management, and Planning.
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According to Gartner in its December 2017 Market Guide for Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools report, “managing infrastructure has become more complex as the traditional data center view expands to include infrastructure housed in the cloud, micro data centers, colocation facilities or edge computing environments.” Gartner recommends that I&O leaders explore how DCIM tools can help using their Market Guide for insight. As Gartner reports, “DCIM tools require a bidirectional flow of data between them and adjacent software (such as CMDBs, BMSs, ITSM solutions, and workflow management systems).”
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The ability to provide customers with new digital services while managing the associated infrastructure customers require presents an opportunity to transform your airport into the hub of choice, even as pressure from competition intensifies. Providing superior service starts with gaining a clear and precise overview of your airport’s valuable IT infrastructure and cable network assets. Sean Graham, was recently featured in Aviation Pros to provide insight on industry-specific solutions for airports in today’s digital age. Click here to read the full article.
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Lost capacities within the data center are often the result of varying lifecycles between ICT assets, technical developments and facilities. As modern data center operations evolve past traditional design planning, both operational and financial challenges arise. For example, a typical data center is built to last at least 30 years, while facilities management infrastructure is designed to last 10-20 years. In this scenario, data center managers must determine how to reclaim lost capacities without investing in a full data center expansion.
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Business is booming in the colocation market. The demand for MTDCs is expected to increase over the next few years as more and more Enterprise IT is outsourced or obtained through cloud services or infrastructure as a service. However, there is a distinct shift in what customers expect from a colocation provider. It’s no longer about space and power, as these services have been commoditized. So, what is a MTDC that wants to grow its share of this $50 billion market to do?
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Each year the European Data Centre industry meet in London at the DCS Awards Dinner to recognise outstanding achievements and innovative technologies across facilities and IT categories. FNT were very proud to have won the important ICT Management Product of the Year award for their acclaimed FNT Command and FNT ServicePlanet products; recognised as a world leading solution for IT Services delivery. Already implemented in +50% DAX in Germany, FNT continues to grow its customer base in the UK and other regions.
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“Why should we upgrade or replace our DCIM software that’s working just fine?” That’s probably the most frequently asked question when it comes to discussions about how well suited the current software chosen decades ago is for current and future requirements. It’s also the beginning of a common mistake in reasoning as outdated tools put your reputation, your data and your daily DC operation at risk.
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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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The declared aim of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is to bridge the gap between organizational silos and support agile methodologies across multiple departments. But there is more to DCIM than a merging of facility and server management. With the rise of virtualization and SDx, it is necessary to consider a number of other stakeholders to ensure truly professional and efficient data center operation.
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We all remember that magical scene in the film “Minority Report” where Tom Cruise – in his role as Chief John Anderton – performed a big data crime analysis on a huge interactive touchscreen by combining various pieces of crime scene data to solve a murder case. The Star Trek fans among us, meanwhile, are still envious of Captain Picard for his holodeck even to this day. While the Star Trek series were always ahead of their time with the technologies they showed, they were never too unrealistic with respect to practicability. Even though beaming hasn’t become a reality up until today (and probably won’t in the future either), there are plenty of exciting technologies that can be used in a similar way nowadays. The holodeck could become a reality soon too. Virtual reality and augmented reality technologies are increasingly becoming marketable and are being put to everyday, practical use.
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