Nearly 85 percent of organizations say that issues with datacenter
power, space and cooling capacity--as well as asset and uptime
issues--resulted in delayed or aborted application rollouts, reduced
ability to support customers, and unplanned reallocation of OpEx and
CapEx budget away from strategic goals during the past year.
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According to an IDC study, these issues reduce IT's ability to support
business innovation and get maximum business value from IT hardware and
More than 500 IT and facilities professionals at midsized and large
organizations in North America, Western Europe and Latin America
participated in the study entitled "The
Datacenter's Role in Delivering Business Innovation: Using
DCIM to Provide a Common Management Approach,"* which was sponsored
by CA Technologies.
"Organizations are spending hundreds of billions of dollars each year on
the infrastructure deployed in their datacenters, and even more on power
and cooling plus IT and Facilities support staff to ensure that current
and new applications are highly available," said Richard Villars, vice
president of Datacenter and Cloud at IDC and author of the study. "They
must ensure this investment is being spent efficiently and effectively,
and supporting the business' overall goals of delivering innovative new
products and services."
Unfortunately, as the study reveals, datacenter infrastructure issues
are significantly undermining the business value returned by these
investments. Specific issues cited by the 84 percent of respondents
whose datacenter infrastructure is under-performing include power (27
percent), space (27 percent) and cooling (25 percent)--as well as
imbalances in capacity across multiple sites.
The study revealed the most common reasons things go awry in the
datacenter. These include:
Outdated datacenters. 57 percent of respondents admit that
their datacenters are either "inefficient" or only "moderately
Fragmented datacenter operations. Because IT and
facilities staff manage different aspects of datacenter operations,
organizations are not able to implement coherent processes, policies
Inconsistent datacenter information. Without clear visibility
into key datacenter infrastructure metrics, decision-makers can't
accurately plan capacity, pro-actively discover potential problems, or
optimize allocation of resources such as power, cooling, network
connectivity, rack and floor space.
The study highlights the fact that datacenter management tools are often
manual and fragmented. It suggests that a more unified approach to Data
Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) can empower organizations to get
more value from their existing datacenter investments and better support
IT-based business innovation.
"IT and Facilities must work together to deliver the innovation that
their C-level management is demanding," said Villars. "To help achieve
this, organizations should look to implement a DCIM solution that takes
a unified approach to management across all aspects of the datacenter."
More than half of the datacenter managers surveyed said there would be
value in having an integrated DCIM solution. Respondents' priorities for
a DCIM solution included:
Real-time monitoring of power, temperature and other variables;
Alerts and alarms for power and cooling;
Inventory and asset management; and
Capacity analysis and planning.
"Data centers present major challenges for organizations today, and
these can have impacts on the business", said Terrence Clark, general
manager, Energy and Sustainability solutions, CA Technologies.
"Conventional approaches often make it difficult to monitor and manage
data center space, power, cooling and assets effectively. DCIM addresses
these challenges and helps organizations to leverage data center
infrastructure for higher efficiency, reduced risk and the increased
agility needed to address expanding business demands."
IDC's Villars, CA Technologies VP of DCIM business strategy Peter
Gilbert, and Datacenter Dynamics CTO Stephen Worn will present the
findings in a webinar entitled "The Datacenter Dilemma: Optimize
Capacity, Reduce Risk, Get Rapid Value. Can DCIM Deliver?" on Wednesday,
November 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. ET. To register, please visit http://bit.ly/SqOTKt.
To download the study, visit www.ca.com/dcim-survey.
For information on CA DCIM, visit http://www.ca.com/dcim.
*IDC White Paper Sponsored by CA Technologies, "The Datacenter's Role
in Delivering Business Innovation: Using DCIM to Provide a Common
Management Approach," Doc # 237737, November 2012
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