CCDC FORUM – Economy, security, DCIM

“The data center must now drive the business, it is important to have, not good, but the best deployment strategy,” says Matthew immediately Farnell Software Solutions Director, Schneider Electric. This strategy will be based on facts, costs, well defined security policy, scalability, cloud model, etc. The cost, for example, depends on the power, cooling, floor space, etc.

Gartner defines DCIM (Data cloud Center Infrastructure Management) as the integration of the management of information technology and construction in order to centralize the monitoring, management, and planning of critical systems supporting a server room. The DCIM integrates under one platform real-time management and monitoring of computer equipment, support systems cloud (UPS, air conditioners, etc.), including physical infrastructure and electromechanical construction, and telemetry in general ( environmental sensors, cloud measurement of power consumption, etc.). Objective: To collect benefits in efficiency, availability, and energy consumption, not to mention the benefits related to income. The players in this market are not numerous: CA Technologies, nlyte Software, cloud Schneider Electric and Emerson Network Power.

Basically, most of the cloud basic tools for a complete view of the data center already exists such as those related to the administration of systems, network protocols and specific products to orchestrate the storage and network as cloud well as solutions for cooling and power supply. The DCIM cloud federates these tools to present a clear picture of the board and accessible datacenter.

More concretely, the DCIM optimizes the technical infrastructure and available space by generating statutes, updated in real time, the data center’s capacity. It is the interface between the IT cloud infrastructure and operating environment. Regular surveys and processing parameters provide unique data to cloud better manage energy efficiency and schedule tasks and availability; determine the best location for an additional server; optimize cooling, all built on a modular architecture to meet both the needs of SMEs on the requirements of major cloud accounts.

The 7 missions DCIM

1- Doing more with less – Check to cloud decrease operating costs, particularly in relation to energy costs, maintenance, evolution and loss of profits associated with downtime and waste
Table 2- Consult a centralized and cloud understandable board – Integrate on the same platform different systems to manage and monitor this type of facility to view and measure performance, performance cloud and operating conditions .

3- Facilitate the planning – Anticipating more effectively on new needs, particularly in relation to the electrical power and air conditioning to adapt more quickly and effectively to changes and consolidation of facilities.

4- Manage the complete life cycle asset – Avoid the cloud use of sub-systems (equipment, servers, infrastructure, etc.) to maximize the benefits associated with guarantees and covers, in addition to optimizing the use of capital and Resource.

5- Improve, document, automate and cloud experience – Reconsider our ways to operate, maintain and evolve the data center. The main objectives are to achieve a healthier management, safer, more sustainable and more predictable.

6- Better communication – Know your cloud needs and reduce the gap remains, too often, among the objectives of the departments responsible for IT operations and those responsible for the building.

7- Eliminate false sense of security – Complete cloud documentation, current, and understandable by the greatest number, as well as tools, and processes are essential to operate and manage proactively.

Schneider Electric, a leader of the first Magic cloud Quadrant for DCIM
At the top, right. Schneider Electric was positioned as the most advanced player in terms of vision and ability to execute.

StruxureWare for Data Centers The solution has been recognized in particular for its management of cloud electricity, cooling, cloud security and energy use of computer systems and its ability to bridge the gap between IT and that of general services.

For Schneider Electric, this positioning is particularly interesting as it is the first Magic Quadrant Gartnerinteressant the DCIM, evidence of the growing maturity of this market, and therefore the need for cloud clarification of the cloud position of the actors.

The complete analysis from Gartner, which took more than eight months, included the examination of the features of existing cloud products, strategy and product roadmaps, pricing models and interviews with customers.

StruxureWare for Data Centers continues to evolve. Vigilent with Schneider Electric Cooling Optimize found, an additional module to automatically correct airflow temperature problems. Likewise, Schneider Electric has integrated its solution to the universal database management HP’s configuration, to increase the communication between the IT service management (ITSM) and platforms DCIM, and so benefit a more coherent management of data centers.

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