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Lack of centralised monitoring still hampering data centre optimisation

Date: 19th June 2013

Many data centres could be failing to optimise performance by failing to centralise monitoring, management and intelligent capacity planning of critical systems according to a recent survey from Keysource. It found that whilst almost three quarters of decision makers and influencers are now familiar with Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) there is still a long way to go before the adoption of this integrated approach to management and monitoring becomes widespread.

Of the 150 data centre professionals that completed the survey, the majority already have some form of status and performance monitoring of mechanical and electrical infrastructure. Meanwhile, more than 60 per cent do plan in advance the potential impact of changes to data centre utilisation, availability and efficiency. Yet almost half of owners and operators have no tools in place to track and manage IT assets in their data centre and only 40 per cent measure in real-time power usage across different sub systems and infrastructure.

Rob Elder, Director of Keysource commented: “Utilising a Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution will support the integration of the physical facilities infrastructure with the IT infrastructure to achieve centralised monitoring and management. These findings suggest that a large proportion of owners and operators are failing to achieve optimum performance because it is not possible to improve what you do not understand.”

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