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”

Re-Establishing Trust – A Driver for Innovation

Trust at all levels of the economy have come under duress. Joseph Lim examines the core notion of trust and what can be done, especially in terms of technology, to ensure technology infrastructures live up to their expectations.

Trust is the cornerstone of a myriad of human and business relations. It forms the basis of all interactions between people and organisations. Shareholders and board members nominate and elect key corporate executives to lead businesses because they trust them to deliver on the greater good of stakeholders.

Businesses and consumers purchase products and services because they trust their partners to deliver on their promise. And this chain of relationships continue with trust being the cornerstone in relationships.

Within the Asian context, trust has always played an important role, a cornerstone, as it is the embodiment of relationships.
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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”

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”

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”

FNT ServicePlanet 3: Better Performance in IT Service Management with Proven Methodology

  • New major release FNT ServicePlanet 3 supports IT service management in modern, hybrid IT environments
  • More efficient definition and management of business services using proven methodology
  • Features designed to enable development of intelligent IT factory

FNT has issued the third major release of FNT ServicePlanet, its standard software package for modeling and delivery of standardized products and services. The expanded functionality is designed to support users in the role of service broker while also improving the efficiency of service management processes. Continue reading “FNT ServicePlanet 3: Better Performance in IT Service Management with Proven Methodology”

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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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?”

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”