It’s a question that comes up all the time. It’s also a difficult question to answer, because so many companies are secretive about their data center operations.
Emerson Network Power has put forth an answer to this question in “State of the Data Center 2011,” a report and infographic that summarizes data points about data growth, data center facilities and the cost of downtime. Emerson says there are 509,147 data centers worldwide, with 285.8 million square feet of space. Or in more familiar terms, there’s enough data center space in the world to fit 5,955 football fields.
What are the Promises, Challenges, and Imperatives of Data Center Infrastructure Management? IT and facilities organizations have invested heavily in technology resources (people, processes, and tools) to manage the data center infrastructure, they have failed to achieve the promise and potential due to critical gaps between their data center facilities and IT infrastructure components. A new perspective on managing the critical infrastructure gaps is emerging that recognizes: * The importance of real-time data to understand the true capacity of available infrastructure * The criticality of interdependencies between logical and physical layers * The need for holistic management capabilities and visibility of IT and facilities infrastructures * The need for more powerful management tools that offer a rich, visual view of the infrastructure and can guide design and change management