Nikolaus Albrecht on FNT’s Growth Opportunities and Market Differentiation

FNT Software was founded in 1994. Since then FNT’s has become a leading provider of integrated software solutions for IT management, data center infrastructure management and telecommunication infrastructure management worldwide. FNT’s customer base now includes more than 500 customers with a wide range of well-known organizations varying from the automotive industry to airports to telecommunications and IT service providers.

One of FNT’s founders is current CEO Nikolaus Albrecht. We recently sat down with Nikolaus to discuss his thoughts, perspective, and vision on FNT Software’s growth opportunities and market differentiation.
Where are the growth opportunities for FNT Software? Are there any specific market sectors or use cases you plan to focus on?

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See Us in New York City at DatacenterDynamics Enterprise

We are headed to New York City to participate in the DatacenterDynamics Enterprise (April 19-20) event at the Marriott Marquis. We look forward to presenting our solutions to the 2,000+ data center professionals instrumental in keeping the digital world up and running. Meet the FNT team at DCD in New York City next week…
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Moving from ‘Dumb’ Colocation to ‘Smart’ Colo

Over recent years the digital economy has generated an irresistible demand for more and more IT capability. Whether it’s for customer data analytics, media storage and manipulation or simply faster and faster processing of company data, every enterprise recognizes the over-arching importance of securing cost-effective and rapidly scalable IT capability. Most companies recognize that the most sensible corporate IT solution to this exponentially growing demand involves operating some sort of hybrid public cloud / private IT strategy. The public cloud portion certainly offers an alternative to in-house data centers, but security concerns and shareholder paranoia tends to restrict the use of public cloud to a limited subset of functions, leaving ‘private’ in-house IT responsible for the remainder of the demand. The ‘realpolitik’ of IT is that most enterprises find it easier, or just more reassuring, to have full control over what they consider to be mission-critical applications, data and network administration. But, private infrastructure does not necessarily require private facilities, and over recent years, colocation has emerged as the solution of choice. Continue reading “Moving from ‘Dumb’ Colocation to ‘Smart’ Colo”

Sean Graham on FNT Software’s Growth Plan in North America

In November 2015 Sean Graham joined FNT Software as General Manager of North America Operations. He is based in the Parsippany, NJ office and is responsible for the company’s strategic sales operations throughout North America.

Formerly the Vice President of the Infrastructure Management Business Unit and the New Business Innovation Business Unit at CA Technologies, Mr. Graham has extensive experience supporting enterprise customers and telecom service providers.

Below is an interview that highlights Mr. Graham’s thoughts and perspective on the market opportunity for FNT Software and the near-term go-to-market strategy.
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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”

Virtualization Challenge for Communication Service Provider

Telecommunication providers need to learn how services can be developed more flexible and agile than ever before in order to seize the opportunity of digitization. The technological foundation for this change is formed by Virtualization: Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN). But the real challenge is yet to come. Continue reading “Virtualization Challenge for Communication Service Provider”

451 Research Report Covers FNT Software

We recently briefed the market analyst group 451 Research and Andy Lawrence, Vice President of Research for Datacenter Technologies published an Impact Report titled, “FNT expands as end-to-end infrastructure management message resonates.”

The report outlines FNT Software’s comprehensive solutions for data center infrastructure management, cable and network management, and service management through its FNT Command and FNT ServicePlanet offerings. It also cites the company traction in the marketplace within enterprise and service providers.
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Predictive Maintenance in the Data Center

Shutdowns and maintenance outages are toxic to the efficiency of data centers. Operators are now using predictive maintenance to optimize their facilities.

When looking to the future, we have long since swapped the mystic’s crystal ball for the IT-based disciplines of analytics and business intelligence. These modern methodologies are typically used to mine historical data, draw lessons from the past, and thus understand the present. Today, they are being succeeded by data science, which aims to offer insights into the future that would challenge the fabled Oracle of Delphi. But while the Oracle only spoke on the seventh day of each month (outside of the annual winter shutdown), this modern mathematical and analytical functionality is available 24/7. Continue reading “Predictive Maintenance in the Data Center”

The Data Center Colocation Challenge

Data Center Colocation Providers are operating in a challenging and competitive environment. Commoditization of space and power is driving colocation providers to differentiate through an extended product and service portfolio. This diversification requires management solutions that support streamlined operational processes in order to deliver these services with the highest level of quality at minimal cost. Continue reading “The Data Center Colocation Challenge”

Reliable Planning and Operation with DCIM tools

Operating a data center requires more than just good planning – it also calls for effective management and regular process audits

Early this year, a data center located in a desert of all places suffered major damage when a roof drainage channel in an internal wall became blocked and left the IT space knee-deep in water. Although the center was correctly equipped with subfloor sensors that provided the proper early warning, the management personnel failed to respond quickly enough due to a lack of instructions on what action to take. Specifically, there was no indication in the documentation of who to contact in the event of water ingress. Continue reading “Reliable Planning and Operation with DCIM tools”