A survey by Emerson has shown that businesses can save more than $US10 billion through improved data center information management, according to Emerson Network Power/ Avocent country manager in A/NZ, Tim Hill.
Hill made his comments during the Datacenter Dynamics conference in Sydney.
The aim of the session was to address the optimisation of data centre infrastructure.
According to Hill, businesses need to focus on containerisation and decentralisation to optimise whole systems and expanding data centres a little further.
“Some of the barriers we’ve got to efficiency is most companies are only using between 40 to 60 per cent of the utilisation. That means not knowing what’s in your data center or the IT world,” he said.
Hill mentioned that though virtualisation is a huge asset for the IT industry, businesses have moved the server technology and not kept it up to date and to pace with what actually is required to run the service.
He questioned the rationale of businesses having extra capacities when it is not required and said the current data center landscape requires a system that can adjust with demands as businesses need to preserve what is in their data center.
“What we need is a closed loop. We need to actually understand, see, plan and act – the only way to do that is to start gathering information and data now,” he stated.
Emerson Network Power/ Avocent believes any data center infrastructure management (DCIM) requires speed, simplicity and scalability and the key to moving forward in any DCIM platform is getting systems in place and knowing its information.
Hill suggested four stages of data center infrastructure management, which consist of:
- Data capture and planning
- Monitoring and accessing assets
- Analysing and diagnosing issues, if any
- Recommending and automating fixes to eliminate downtime>/ol>
“Each stage provides positive ROI allowing varying adoption approaches and speed,” he said.