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A ‘crystal ball' for data centre managers: Emerson Network Power

AvantiKumar | July 31, 2013
Malaysia-based Southeast Asia director for the company's DCIM business said the CIO Playbook would provide better visibility to IT departments looking to improve data centre efficiencies.

Albert Yap - Emerson Network Power modified 

Photo -  Albert Yap, Director for DCIM Enterprise Sales in Emerson Network Power Southeast Asia.


Data infrastructure solutions provider Emerson Network Power has released a tool called CIO Playbook to give IT heads better visibility and plan for data centre efficiencies and availability.

Malaysia-based director for DCIM Enterprise Sales, Southeast Asia, Albert Yap said, "Many of the challenges faced by IT managers today stem from lack of visibility."

"The CIO Playbook, Cultivating a Crystal Ball for Data Centre Performance and Availability,' begins by acknowledging that data centres typically undergo significant change after commissioning," said Yap.

"As a result, an assessment of electrical and thermal systems often is warranted to identify potential vulnerabilities and inefficiencies," he said, adding that the Playbook then presents a three-tiered approach to cultivating a crystal ball:

"By gaining visibility into how their infrastructure is running, seeing across systems and getting the big picture, IT managers will be able to anticipate problems, plan for the future, and have full control over their respective facilities," said Yap. "This then allows them to become more strategic in their roles as opposed to spending too much time and focus on day-to-day operations."

Some of the benefits include:
- Local Monitoring: The foundation for the data centre crystal ball is the ability to remotely monitor and access systems across the data centre to gain visibility into equipment operating status and receive real-time alerts and alarms.
- Data Aggregation: Aggregating data across the facility creates the ability to identify dependencies and optimise systems. Aggregated data also can be used to address key planning questions.
- Enterprise Intelligence: At the enterprise level, data is transformed into intelligence that can be accessed by IT and Facilities personnel, enabling greater collaboration and more effective management.

 Crystal ball

During a free webcast, Emerson Network Power vice president, global strategy and business development, Avocent business, Blake Carlson in a free webcast said the 'Crystal Ball' was a single window into utilisation and performance across systems.

"With such a system in place, data centre managers can manage capacity proactively based on real-time visibility into IT and facilities infrastructures; identify and rectify data centre issues before they affect operations; and increase asset utilization and productivity and move into data-driven decision making and management," said Carlson, adding that 'Cultivating a Crystal Ball for Data Center Performance and Availability' is available at the '/CIOtopics' section of company's global website.


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