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”

Data Center Business Value Dashboards in Action

The data center was seen as a cost factor in the past, whereas for modern organizations it is the driver of business. Put a value to its contribution by measuring the right values with data center business value dashboards. Rather than concentrating on technical details of data center operations, business oriented indicators put value to your data center output and allow you to involve your senior management. Continue reading “Data Center Business Value Dashboards in Action”

Highlights and Features of FNT Command 10

FNT Command 10 was developed with the focus to support each user optimally in their individual area of responsibilities.

Claudia Lehmann, Product Marketing Manager, provides in this webcast new highlights which allow users to get an entirely new insight into their data. Continue reading “Highlights and Features of FNT Command 10”

FNT StagingArea – Automation is the key to success

FNT StagingArea is the Integration and Automation Tool for FNT Command. The webinar covers the following questions:

  • How do you model Integrations Jobs for FNT Command with the FNT StagingArea?
  • What are the Monitoring and Reporting capabilities?
  • What are the features of the next Releases?

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Run your Data Center as a Business – DCaaB: From DCIM via DCSO to IT Factory

The ongoing digitization of the world around us – driven by social networking, the increasing prevalence of mobile devices, cloud technologies, and the explosion in big data – is leading to major changes in the needs, expectations, and behavior of both the business community and society as a whole. Old business models are evolving rapidly, forcing IT to respond quickly and flexibly. IT and data center managers are becoming increasingly focused on secure, efficient, and flexible deployment of demand-based IT services. Continue reading “Run your Data Center as a Business – DCaaB: From DCIM via DCSO to IT Factory”

FNT Command 10 – Predefined Dashboards for Data Centers

FNT Command dashboards for data centers provides the latest generation of intelligent, predefined reporting functionality of all major application areas. Working in close cooperation with clients and partners, we have identified all the indicators required for high-speed analysis of capacities, resources, and trends for each area. Continue reading “FNT Command 10 – Predefined Dashboards for Data Centers”

Data Center Business Value Dashboards

Energy efficiency is an important strategic goal for data center operators for a number of reasons. Several indicators and metrics that are widely discussed today are available to help manage data centers successfully from an energy perspective. However, energy efficiency is just one way of looking at a data center: Data center service providers, like enterprise data centers, colocation providers and others, find themselves in a challenging and fast-changing competitive environment. Because of these challenges, data center managers also need additional key performance indicators to link operations to business and to ensure they are on track regarding their overall strategies. Continue reading “Data Center Business Value Dashboards”

FNT Command 10 – EasySearch

A major evolution of the previous search function, EasySearch in FNT Command 10 represents a crucial step up in usability. Complex systems can be navigated intuitively, quickly, and efficiently with just a few clicks.

While the search field may seem basic, it actually offers global access to the entire repository. It is therefore possible to run high-speed searches through CI classes, master data, file attachments, netspider objects, and metaschemas. Results are displayed with system attributes and type plate information for easy identification. They can also be filtered using a range of categories and opened directly in the respective modules. Continue reading “FNT Command 10 – EasySearch”