What if you could get a comprehensive view of all of the underpinnings of your data center? What if you could see every asset, it’s location, it’s operation status, the power it consumes. What if the whole structure was articulated in relational terms so that the context of every device was known? The connectivity map and environment it lives in? Now what if you could dream-up and see any grouping of these assets by placement, or business alignment, application function? What if you could slice and dice all of this relational information in any conceivable visual representation, dashboard or report, all in real-time?
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Not at the 50,000 foot level, but at sea-level. I mean what specific business management changes would having these capabilities make in the way you run your data center business? How would it affect your day to day planning and operations? Have you thought about it? I mean REALLY thought it through?
There is an old saying, “Before careful what you ask for, you might just get it!”. Well, as Jodie Foster says, DCIM is here loud and proud! DCIM suites and all of their related enhancements are available to anyone that wishes to go down this path. The tools and technology to support the optimization of your BUSINESS MANAGEMENT function are available today (just call Nlyte, the inventors of the modern DCIM and we can SHOW you in extreme detail the state of the art in the industry). There is no need to wait any longer, and the ball is back in your court.
So back to the original question, “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” For 20 years we’ve all been running internet-enabled data centers which have been growing in every imaginable dimension. The discipline to apply solid business planning practices to these data centers apparently went out the window for most of those years as the data center itself become more complex and rapidly changing. The ‘business’ problem of managing the data center as an asset itself seemed insurmountable, so instead we all focused on the more traditional technical tactics. Heroic efforts to deliver SLAs were all the rage, and rewarded.
It’s 2013- You should be thinking of DCIM as the enabling technology to get back to good solid business management of the data center. To get back to basics and run the data center as a business unit, with predictable performance, definitive metrics and KPIs as well as strategic planned growth. So the original question must be in each one of our heads individually, “If I had this amazing set of (Nlyte) DCIM capabilities at my fingertips today, WHAT WOULD I DO (Today) to position my company for data center excellence?”. Obviously each of us would be thinking about the specific people we should be talking to about managing asset lifecycles better. Facilities folks and Finance. The executive team. You would likely be looking at timetables and milestones. There are data center strategy opportunities, and economic models that can be refined. (Hint: Your Finance folks have been waiting for your call!). And the list goes on and on…
So, forget the ride we’ve all been on for the last few years trying to select ‘the perfect’ DCIM solution. It’s here, NOW! (And it’s spelled N-l-y-t-e). The ball is in your court and the historic rules no longer apply, (or are subject to change). The sky’s the limit!
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?