56 percent of data center managers surveyed rank monitoring and
management among top concerns
Data center managers are valuing information about their IT network and
infrastructure more than ever, according to a recent survey from Emerson
Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the global leader
in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical
The biannual survey polled members of the Data Center Users' Group®
(DCUG), an association of influential data center, IT and facility
managers sponsored by Emerson Network Power. Topics covered included
data center monitoring and management, power density and management,
precision cooling, and energy efficiency.
According to the survey, 56 percent of the respondents listed adequate
monitoring and data center management capabilities as their top concern.
This also marks the highest percentage for the monitoring/management
response in the history of the survey, which is now seven years running.
In fact, in the five most recent surveys--conducted within the past three
years--no other concern was weighted above 56 percent. In the spring 2012
survey, 52 percent of respondents listed availability among their top
three concerns, ranking second in the survey, and 45 percent listed
"Today's data center is an incredibly complex, dynamic environment and
increasingly critical to the success of most businesses," said Bob
Miller, vice president, Emerson Network Power's Liebert products
business in North America, and a member of the Data Center Users' Group
board of directors. "Businesses are consolidating and virtualizing
servers and putting a premium on flexibility and scalability for their
IT systems, and that requires a level of visibility into the data center
infrastructure that only recently became possible."
Eighty-nine percent of those surveyed said they had implemented some
server consolidation or virtualization in the past 18 months and 87
percent of those respondents indicated they expect to start another such
project within a year.
The trend toward consolidation and virtualization is reflected in a
sharp increase in average power density in the facilities of those
surveyed. The average reported power density was 7.89 kW per rack,
compared to just 6.0 kW per rack a year ago. DCUG members do not see
that trend slowing, as respondents predicted densities of 12.17 kW per
rack in just two years. Already, when asked what the maximum power
density per rack was in their data centers, respondents indicated an
average of 12.67 kW.
Additional results include:
Fifty-six percent believe their existing data center capacity will
suffice for three years or less.
Thirty-one percent already have implemented wireless technologies in
their data centers and another 21 percent are considering doing so.
Seventy-six percent of the respondents who had consolidated and/or
virtualized servers experienced some type of problem in the aftermath.
Those problems included asset management, hot spots and power capacity.
Founded in 2003, the Data Center Users' Group contains approximately
1,000 members in North America, and the group meets semi-annually to
collaboratively discuss best practices, share experiences and address
the most relevant issues affecting the reliability, availability and
cost of operation for critical installations. The group's membership
comprises executives with a wide variety of IT and facilities management
expertise from numerous companies and industries, including board member
companies Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions, JPMorgan Chase and
Meijer, among others.
About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), delivers
software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and
efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A
trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson
Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management
solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and
deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity
demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network
Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power
products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global
leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide
innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and
consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five
business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network
Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions.
Sales in fiscal 2011 were $24.2 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.
Monica Howald, 314-982-6233