Is Data Center Infrastructure Management a set of products, a process or both?

by Mike Rinaldi on 5/3/13 1:31 PM

Is DCIM the monitoring, collection and analysis of real-time, continuous, accurate information from an intelligent infrastructure that allows for immediate action, designed to keep the data center in an optimal state of balance between availability, efficiency and capacity?   Is it a framework for operating the data center?

What are your thoughts?

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Topics: Emerson Network Power, DVL, data center infrastructure, reduce downtime, Data Center, data center design, Data Center, data center energy, data center infrastructure management, kW per rack, electrical distribution, PUE

Do You Prefer Hot Aisle or Cold Aisle Containment?

by Mike Rinaldi on 4/22/13 1:41 PM

Separating the hot and cold air in a data center is one of the keys to improving energy efficiency.  Containment systems don't have to be fancy or expensive.  Containment systems have been in use at least since 2004, but there's an ongoing debate about whether it is best to contain the hot aisle or cold aisle.  

Do you use containment in your data center?  If so, do you contain the hot aisle or cold aisle?"

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Topics: DVL, data center infrastructure, reduce downtime, Data Center, data center design, Data Center, data center energy, data center infrastructure management, kW per rack, PUE, Containment, enclosure, efficient data center, CIO

Rack Enclosures: More Than Furniture?

by Mike Rinaldi on 2/7/13 10:24 AM

How do you chose your data center rack systems?

Rack systems are strategic assets that play a key role in system uptime and data center availability and reliability. They can be counted on to be flexible and adaptive to accommodate rapid change. They can accommodate monitoring systems that can enhance the management of the data center ecosystem. They are, in short, a vital component of any data center.

The white paper notes that racks are now available that improve equipment installation speed via tool-less, “slide in, slide out” procedures. Taller racks take advantage of the data center’s headroom, while rack depth has increased to accommodate equipment. Side breathing needs have increased rack width to meet new manufacturers’ specifications and to enhance equipment performance and life through hot-aisle/cold-aisle arrangements.

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Topics: Emerson Network Power, DVL, Data Center, data center infrastructure management, kW per rack, electrical distribution, rack, enclosure

How granular do you get when you manage power in your Data Center?

by Mike Rinaldi on 1/31/13 3:37 PM

UPS all the way down to the wips under the floor.  Do you take it down to the receptacle level?  Do you use tools that are robust enough to let you know when you need to be alerted?

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Topics: Emerson Network Power, DVL, robust data center, Data Center, data center design, data center energy, data center infrastructure management, kW per rack, electrical distribution

Can You Recover Lost Capacity In Your Data Center?

by Mike Rinaldi on 11/30/12 11:47 AM

Data centers have evolved more quickly than the procedures being used to manage them.  The pace of change and inability to forecast future demand in your data center remain a challenge.  The challenge for data center managers now is to maintain or improve availability in increasingly dense computing environments while reducing costs and increasing efficiency. Take control of your data center's energy use.  

Can you recover lost capacity in your data center?

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Topics: Emerson Network Power, data center infrastructure, reduce cost, Data Center, Green IT, data center design, cloud computing, kW per rack

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