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Today's blog entry comes from Vikul Banta.
When you think of the data center infrastructure, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is the traditional IT equipment and networks, right? But there is much more to the data center infrastructure – it also includes all the power systems, cooling components, generators, the associated switching equipment, patch panels, cables, electrical and plumbing, as well as the actual space associated with all these assets, including the data center floor-plan.
As you can tell, the data center infrastructure can get fairly complex and therefore difficult to manage. But at the same time it is critically important for both data center and facility managers to manage this infrastructure as they need to provide operational efficiency, reduce down-time, mitigate risk, and control costs.
These (and more) are all questions/concerns that we have been hearing from our customers for some time now. Well, you asked and we delivered!
On September 17, 2010 IBM released a new and exciting product - IBM Maximo Data Center Infrastructure Management – to help data center and facility managers to better manage their data center infrastructure including IT and non-IT assets, space, power, cabling and network connectivity. With the ability to visualize the data center floor plan, assets, and equipment, clients know exactly what they have, where it is located, how it is connected, and who owns it.
In the last few months I have spoken to several customers, and almost all of them have expressed their frustration toward using spreadsheets, diagramming applications or even the accumulated knowledge of their staff to manage their data center infrastructure. Believe it or not, but one data center manager even admitted to using, although for a short while, the cardboard boxes (in which their servers were shipped) to track their data center equipment! While at one time these may have been good enough to get the job done, it is simply not a practical or efficient approach for today’s complex data centers.
With Maximo Data Center Infrastructure Management, users will now have the capability to support moves, adds, and changes, which allows them to optimally place servers (and other rack components) based on available rack space and power capacity. Additionally, the ability to inventory and trace cabling, mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure will provide users with access to critical information during maintenance activities.
Through better visibility and control over the data center physical infrastructure, and by automating otherwise time-consuming tasks, Maximo Data Center Infrastructure Management provides immediate benefits, including ability to help lower data center operational costs, avoiding costs associated with data center expansion, and mitigating down-time risks.
With Maximo Data Center Infrastructure Management IBM is the only vendor that has deep and broad capabilities in data center management, ranging from energy, network, storage and security, to asset and IT Service Management. Bookmark this product page to stay connected to new offerings, datasheets, collateral.
I am extremely excited about IBM entering this new and emerging space and will keep you posted with how things progress. In the mean time, I would love to hear from you and would welcome any questions or suggestions you might have