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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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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We recently briefed Dennis Drogseth, Vice President of Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) on how our product FNT Command enables enterprises and service providers to manage all aspects of data centers.
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Over the past several years, 451 Research has tracked FNT Software as a DCIM supplier. Recently, analyst Andy Lawrence and his team at 451 Research published a report on how FNT meets the growing demand for tools to manage intra- and inter-data center networks.
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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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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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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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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”