Why is Physical Security at Data Centers Important?
As we see more and more headlines of breaches, the focus on intruders accessing critical data has been heightened.
What is the goal of those intruders?
To access critical data stored by organizations. This brings data centers into focus because the ultimate nexus of that critical data is in the data center.
One of the top responsibility areas for data center managers falls into that of physical security. Even with the shift to cloud-based infrastructure, data centers are still the critical physical bastion protecting critical data from physical theft.
The Data Center Environment
Among the many items on your plate of challenges is making sure the data center provides an ideal environment for the rigorous grind of everyday IT. While not all IT shops are set up in state-of-the-art fortresses, adhering to data center environmental standards is essential to creating ideal conditions.
The Data Center Factory
In the data center industry, we are seeing a widening range of data centers. Cloud and Colocation facilities are larger and higher density capacity with electrical demand in the tens and hundreds of megawatts. There is edge computing where small data centers are distributed widely. Increasingly, we are seeing extreme weather conditions that lead to longer power outages. Data center energy management is a critical piece to data center management; data centers must have the ability to protect against these situations. Regardless of the size of the facilities, energy consumption and related costs are representing a larger portion of a data center company’s operating costs.
How do you know how much space, power, cooling, and network capacity is available in your data center? Where is the best place to reserve space and deploy new IT equipment for optimal utilization? How do you get the data you need to convince your management that you need more capacity? With data centers becoming increasingly dense and complex, capacity is at a premium. Modern data center managers are under pressure to make the most of the capacity, or risk failing to meet IT resource demand.
Say Goodbye to Cable Spaghetti and Spider Webs
Reduce Connectivity Complexity and Manage Cabling with Ease
A data center is a high-density, complex system with hundreds, if not thousands, of devices from a multitude of vendors. Knowing how devices are connected to each other is critical to effectively managing your data center. Without this information, you can’t plan capacity, perform fail-over analysis, manage virtual as well as physical connections, and quickly respond to outages in your data center.
How can I quickly identify what circuits are running? How do I know which customers and applications are relying on those circuits? What is the impact of changes on my power and network? DCIM software with connectivity management can help you answer these questions and more.
A new class of DCIM has earned high marks from customers. Enhanced capabilities such as zero-configuration analytics, automation via integration, ease of use, and super-fast deployments address the pain points of data center managers and allow them to make smarter operational decisions. DCIM bridges information across organizational silos, including Data Center Operations, Facilities, and IT teams to maximize utilization of the entire data center space. DCIM is the solution that provides the visibility and information you need to properly plan and deploy equipment for data center projects to support business services. Simply put, data center management is not complete without a DCIM tool. DCIM software is now the de facto standard tool for complete data center management.
Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software is quickly becoming the core engine of data center operations. Only 5 years ago, manual spreadsheets, sometimes supplemented with Visio diagrams, were accepted as the default tools for data center management. Since the IT function is the vital organs of any modern organization, improving productivity, efficiency and reliability of data center operations delivers an immediate competitive advantage to the organization. We will offer some facts about why this is so and, if not already the case, why Sunbird DCIM should be in your future.
DCIM software is a class of software that gives Data Centre operators the ability to run efficient Data Centre operations and improve Data Centre infrastructure planning and design. It typically replaces Excel, Visio, and home-grown databases. DCIM software can bridge information across organizational domains – Data Centre Ops, Facilities, and IT to maximize utilization of the Data Centre.
Watch our DCIM Video Start Video “The 2 Minute Drill”
August 1, 2019
Sunbird Systems Inc. and Tri-Paragon Inc. today announced the availability of Sunbird’s DCIM Software products to Tri-Paragon’s portfolio of Data Centre solutions to decrease energy consumption, improve overall performance metrics, reduce ownership life cycle costs and improve operational reliability.
What is Managing Data Center Capacities?
Being unable to deploy critical infrastructure as required is not an option.
Data Center component capacities focuses on those components which, if not carefully monitored, can cause delays in provisioning for new applications. This blog is not all-encompassing but addresses those components where the author has experienced capacity problems in the past. This is especially true where the organization is fragmented and effective communication between the organizations responsible for the various components within the data center is required to avoid issues. For example, where the network accountability rests outside of the IT organization potential communication problems may arise. This could lead to an inadequate number of network ports required to deploy a server which now must sit idle until additional ports can be provisioned. This could also delay the deployment of a critical application. To avoid this sort of complication, the capacity management team should monitor the capacity of all components within the data center thus keeping the accountability in one place.