Developing an effective data centre is not simply about getting the design right, but also the ongoing management to optimise the facility. Data centre facilities management (DCFM) has traditionally been about planned servicing and maintenance, but in recent years the role is now changing with greater focus on operational performance and proactive management. As a result, there is now the opportunity to achieve greater efficiency, utilisation and resilience to better meet precise business needs.
The challenge for data centre facilities management is to identify where the opportunities for improvement exist and have the tools and therefore confidence to implement changes that will boost performance. Supported by simple and effective processes and procedures they can significantly reduce human error and manage a data centre better, maximising uptime and delivering real business benefit.