How infrastructure monitoring can help increase data center efficiency and availability

by Emerson Network Power on 2/20/15 8:00 AM

Written By: Diego Chisena | Emerson Network Power
During the first decade of the 21st century, the data center emerged as a significant corporate asset, playing a vital role in business management and customer service. Throughout this period, the data center underwent an evolution as computing and data storage capacities increased significantly.

Data centers have traditionally been designed with extra headroom to accommodate growth, but during the last decade, demand escalated so quickly that added IT capacity consumed available headroom and outpaced supply in terms of floor space and power and cooling capacity. This created conflicts as facility personnel struggled to supply IT’s demand for server capacity.

 

These problems were further worsened by two trends that emerged in the second half of the decade.

1. The first trend is the increased focus on data center energy consumption. With both the density and quantity of servers rising, data center energy consumption became a significant factor in terms of IT cost management and, in some companies, response to concerns about global warming. Early efforts to reduce data center energy consumption focused on lowering costs around data center cooling, which accounts for approximately 35 percent of data center energy consumption.

2. The second trend was the adoption of virtualization technologies. In a recent survey of data center managers, virtualization adoption rates stood at 81 percent. This has created a dynamically changing application environment layered on an essentially static physical environment, increasing data center complexity and introducing new challenges to physical infrastructure management.

In most organizations, data center managers lacked the tools to effectively address these challenges. The network management systems essential to IT personnel in monitoring and managing IT equipment did not address the critical issues of energy consumption, available rack capacity, or ambient air temperatures that are essential to proactive data center management. Further, the building management systems used by facility personnel to monitor power and cooling in the data center failed to provide the alarm management capabilities required for critical systems and to account for the interdependencies between systems. Evolving from a reactive to a proactive approach to infrastructure monitoring requires a new type of management system that provides visibility into the data center’s physical infrastructure within both the IT and facility domains and across these two domains.

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Topics: data center infrastructure, Data Center, data center design, data center energy, data center infrastructure management, DCIM, Trellis, the green grid, energy efficiency

Breaking Down the Cost Implications of a Data Center Outage

by Marissa Donatone on 7/23/14 10:35 AM

Emerson Network Power and the Ponemon Institute worked together to determine the full economic cost of unplanned data center outages. Below is a preview, for the full report CLICK HERE


The 2013 Cost of Data Center Outages is the only benchmark study that attempts to estimate the full costs associated with an unplanned data center outage. According to the study, the cost of a data center outage has increased since 2010.

The cost per square foot of data center outages now ranges from $45 to $95. Or, a minimum cost of $74,223 to a maximum of $1,734,433 per organization in our study. The overall average cost is $627,418 per incident.

This benchmark analysis focuses on representative samples of organizations in the U.S. that experienced at least one complete or partial unplanned data center outage during the past 12 months. The analysis was based on 67 independent data centers located in the United States. Following are the functional leaders within each organization who participated in the study:

  • Facility manager
  • Chief information officer
  • Data center management
  • Chief information security officer
  • IT compliance leader

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Topics: downtime, data center infrastructure, efficient data center, data center outages

Avocent Products: Now Available at DVL

by Marissa Donatone on 12/13/13 11:51 AM

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Avocent is known for leading edge remote network management and control technology. Avocent delivers IT operations and infrastructure management solutions for enterprises worldwide, helping customers to reduce costs and simplify complex IT environments via integrated, centralized in-band and out-of-band hardware and software. Emerson Network power is now offering Avocent Solutions.

DVL Group Inc. is now the Avocent representative serving Central & Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey & Northern Delaware. To learn more about Avocent products or schedule an appointment with a Data Center Engineer  please contact Marissa Donatone, Marketing Coordinator: mdonatone@dvlnet.com or 215-826-1150.

For More Information on Avocent Products, download: Avocent Data Center Solutions Brochure.

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Topics: Emerson Network Power, data center infrastructure, data center design, DVL

The Benefit of Increasing Return Air Temperatures

by Marissa Donatone on 8/20/13 8:44 AM

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Topics: data center infrastructure, Data Center, Data Center, data center design, data center infrastructure management, efficient data center, 7x24 exchange, critical air conditioning

Emerson Network Power- Integrate People, Process and Technology

by Marissa Donatone on 8/14/13 11:20 AM

Emerson Network Power Outlines How Best to Integrate People, Process and Technology to Transform Data Center Operations and Performance 

Columbus, Ohio [August 8, 2013] – With the data center at a critical stage in its evolution, Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today released a white paper that provides IT and data center managers with best practices for moving toward a holistic approach to data center management that rises above organizational, system-level silos while optimizing the interaction of people, process and technology to achieve true operational efficiency.

The white paper, titled “Integrating People, Process and Technology to Transform Data Center Operations and Performance,” takes a closer look at the constraints preventing organizations from optimizing data center performance and efficiency, and it provides a clear path for overcoming them through the better utilization of people, process and technology.

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Topics: Emerson Network Power, data center infrastructure, Data Center, data center energy, efficient data center

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