5 Steps to Determine if You’re Dealing with an Outdated DCIM Tool

“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 It’s also the beginning of a common mistake in reasoning as outdated tools put your reputation, your data and your daily DC operation at risk.
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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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Smart City Management Made Simple

 

Today’s digital transformation is far reaching and changes how cities embrace technology to deliver an array of services as well as make existing operations more efficient. To align with and adapt to “digitization”, many cities have implemented an array of solutions and systems but are struggling to maintain control because they lack a common management platform.
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How Lego© cars can help to understand IT Service Design Thinking

FNT and partners were on the road again during the “Expertenveranstaltung 2016” (www.expertenveranstaltung.de) from September 07 until September 22. This yearly roadshow around IT service management and IT Service Design Thinking was held in eight cities in Germany and (for the first time) in Switzerland. We met more than 380 people in Bern, Zürich, Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich to discuss recent trends in IT service and infrastructure management. This years the theme was “Service Design Thinking – Surviving in the Age of the Digital Transformation.”

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Significance of Standardized Methods to manage IT Projects successfully

It’s remarkable how often IT projects get out of control. Various studies show that more than 34% of all IT projects in the private sector fail in terms of costs, deadlines or acceptance of the final results. Especially projects regarding the implementation of documentation and management software are doomed to fail according to these surveys. Thus it’s true, that more than 30% of IT projects in the private sector cause higher costs than planned. And as the additional costs lay between 10% and 20%, we’re not talking about a few more pennies to spend.
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Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in the Data Center

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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Challenges and Future Trends of Telecommunication Providers from an Expert’s View

As a Senior Consultant and Solutions Architect at FNT Software, Daria Batrakova builds networks for clients all across the globe. Working with a broad array of telecommunications (telco) providers, Daria has a unique perspective on network buildouts and deployments as well as the business and technology drivers that influence infrastructure, applications and services (and vice versa). We recently sat down with Daria to learn about her insights and how the telco business is evolving.

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Meet the FNT Team in Nice at TM Forum Live

We are headed to Nice (France) to participate in the TM Forum Live! (May 09-12) event at the Acropolis Convention Center. We look forward to presenting our solutions around telecommunication infrastructure management, IT transformation, virtualization with SDN/NFV and smart city technologies to more than 3,500 delegates from all over the world. Meet the team and find and win the FNT frog at our booth.

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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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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”