Global study initiated by CA identifies power, space and cooling capacity emerging as barriers to datacenter innovation
Nearly 85 percent of organizations say that issueswithas well as asset and uptime issuesresulted indelayed or aborted application rollouts, reducedability to support customers, and unplannedreallocationstrategic goals during the past year.
According to an IDC study these issues reduceIT's ability to support business innovation and getmaximum business value from IT hardware andsoftware investments. More than 500 IT and facilities professionals atmidsized and large organisations in North America,Western Europe, and Latin America participatedin the study, entitled The Datacenters Role inDelivering Business Innovation: Using DCIM toProvide a Common Management Approach, whichwas sponsored by CA Technologies.Organizations are spending hundreds of billionsof dollars each year on the infrastructure deployedin their datacenters, and even more on power andcooling plus IT and Facilities support staff toensure that current and new applications are highlyavailable, said Richard Villars, Vice Presidentof Datacenter and Cloud at IDC and author of thestudy. They must ensure this investment is beingspent efficiently and effectively, and supporting thebusinessproducts and services.
Unfortunately, as the study reveals, datacenterinfrastructure issues are significantly underminingthe business value returned by these investments.Specific issues cited by the 84 percent ofrespondents whose datacenter infrastructure isunder-performing include power (27%), space(27%)capacity across multiple sites.The study revealed the most common reasons thingsgo awry in the datacenter. These include:
1. Outdated datacenters. 57 per cent of respondentsadmitonly moderately efficient.Fragmented datacenter operations. BecauseIT and facilities staff manage different aspects of datacenter operations, organizations are not able toimplement coherent processes, policies or metrics.
2. Inconsistent datacenter information. Withoutclear visibility into key datacenter infrastructuremetrics, decision-makers can't accuratelyplan capacity, pro-actively discover potentialproblems, or optimize allocation of resourcessuch as power, cooling, network connectivity,rack and floor space.
The study highlights the fact that datacentermanagement tools are often manual and fragmented.It suggests that a more unified approach to DataCenter Infrastructure Management (DCIM) canempower organizations to get more value from theirexisting datacenter investments and better supportIT-based business innovation.IT and Facilities must work together to deliverthe innovation that their C-level managementis demanding, said Villars. To help achievethis, organizations should look to implement aDCIM solution that takes a unified approach tomanagement across all aspects of the datacenter.
More than half of the datacenter managers surveyedsaid there would be value in having an integratedDCIMsolution included:
Real-time monitoring of power, temperature andother variables;
Alerts and alarms for power and cooling;
Inventory and asset management; and
Capacity analysis and planning.
Data centers present major challenges for organizations today, and these can have impactson the business, said Terrence Clark, generalmanager, Energy and Sustainability solutions, CATechnologies. Conventional approaches oftenmakespace, power, cooling and assets effectively. DCIMaddresses these challenges and helps organizationsto leverage data center infrastructure for higherefficiency, reduced risk and the increased agilityneeded to address expanding business demands.