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How Data Center Infrastructure 
Management Software Improves 
Planning and Cuts Operational 
Costs 
Schneider Electric 
Da...
Session Objectives 
 Overview of DCIM 
 Challenges DCIM Addresses 
 How DCIM Works 
 Why It’s Important 
Schneider Electri...
Key Take Away 
Do You Have 
The Right 
Tools? 
Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– Febr...
Overview Of DCIM 
Business Applications 
IT Infrastructure 
Servers | Storage | Networking 
Data Center / Facilities Infra...
Challenges DCIM Addresses 
Respond Faster to the 
Business 
Maintain 
Availability Lower Costs 
DC Consolidation 
Capacity...
Symptoms of Poor Data Center Operations 
I flew to London to put a 
Post-It note on a rack! 
It’s like the wild west! 
I u...
Planning 
Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
Common Planning Questions Answered 
By DCIM Tools 
How will a new server impact the 
existing Where do I place my next ser...
Provisioning New Systems 
Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
CPU Utilization – Individual Servers 
Overlay server level CPU 
utilization data on the rack layout. 
Color-coded bars sho...
CPU Utilization – Trending for Entire DC 
Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February ...
Operations 
Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
Common Operational Questions 
Answered by DCIM Tools 
What projects are due tomorrow 
 their current status? 
I lost a fan...
Auto Discover IT Assets 
Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014 
Automatical...
Provision Discovered Assets 
Discovered assets can be 
placed directly into the data 
center model. 
Schneider Electric – ...
Capacity  Alarms in One View 
Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
Alarm View 
●Highlighting entire rack where alarm is present 
Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Prese...
Measure Real-Time Power 
●Real-time Power Consumption  Power Details Overlay 
Real-time power consumption displayed as an ...
Lower Safety Margins Save Money 
Safety 
Margin 
Power  
Cooling 
IT 
Demand 
Power  
Cooling 
Facilities 
Supply 
Schneid...
Air Temperature  Velocity 
Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
Communication Between Virtual  
Physical Worlds 
Why move a VM? 
Reasons on both sides... 
Not enough COMPUTE resources......
Analytics 
Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
Common Analytical Questions Answered By 
DCIM Tools 
What’s the cost of running my 
data center? 
When will I need to buil...
Capacity Dashboard 
Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
Control Energy Usage in Your Data Center 
“Energy use is a substantial cost of IT operations, in some cases exceeding the ...
Why It’s Important? 
Financial Benefits 
 Improve OpEx and CapEx 
 Reduce costs by 10-30% annually 
 3 -18 month ROI is ty...
Key Take Away 
Do you have 
the right tools 
and 
processes? 
Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Prese...
Resources 
Classification of Data Center Management Software Tools 
White Paper 104 
Virtualization and Cloud Computing, O...
Resources 
Power Sizing Calculator 
TradeOff Tool 1 
Energy Allocation Calculator 
TradeOff Tool 2 
Energy Efficiency Calc...
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How Data Center Infrastructure Management Software Improves Planning and Cuts Operational Costs

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Business executives are challenging their IT staffs to convert data centers from cost centers into producers of business value. Data centers can make a significant impact to the bottom line by enabling the business to respond more quickly to market demands. This presentation demonstrates, through a series of examples, how data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software tools can simplify operational processes, cut costs, and speed up information delivery.

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How Data Center Infrastructure Management Software Improves Planning and Cuts Operational Costs

  1. 1. How Data Center Infrastructure Management Software Improves Planning and Cuts Operational Costs Schneider Electric Data Center Science Center White Paper 107 Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– FFeebbrruuaarryy 22001144
  2. 2. Session Objectives Overview of DCIM Challenges DCIM Addresses How DCIM Works Why It’s Important Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  3. 3. Key Take Away Do You Have The Right Tools? Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  4. 4. Overview Of DCIM Business Applications IT Infrastructure Servers | Storage | Networking Data Center / Facilities Infrastructure Power | Cooling | Racks | Security | Environment Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation Schneider –– February 2014
  5. 5. Challenges DCIM Addresses Respond Faster to the Business Maintain Availability Lower Costs DC Consolidation Capacity Planning Need to dramatically simplify planning, designing, deploying operating data centers Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation Schneider –– February 2014 Cloud Computing
  6. 6. Symptoms of Poor Data Center Operations I flew to London to put a Post-It note on a rack! It’s like the wild west! I use Excel (Access) to track what’s there I found some servers and I didn’t know where they came from or who installed them My CIO said “There’s some white space – put the servers there!” Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation Schneider –– February 2014 When I come in every morning, I can HEAR if everything is okay My hand at the back of the rack – THAT’s how I find hot spots I could fix this if we had a fire – a BAD fire!
  7. 7. Planning Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  8. 8. Common Planning Questions Answered By DCIM Tools How will a new server impact the existing Where do I place my next server? branch circuit? How does my trending look for Schneider Electric –– Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014 server CPU utilization across the entire data center? Do I need to spread out my blade servers to get reliable operations? Does the existing power and cooling equipment have the capacity to accommodate new server technologies? IT Manager Do I have underutilized servers that could be consolidated ?
  9. 9. Provisioning New Systems Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  10. 10. CPU Utilization – Individual Servers Overlay server level CPU utilization data on the rack layout. Color-coded bars show the avg. CPU utilization. Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014 Server CPU % Server tooltips include detailed utilizaton data.
  11. 11. CPU Utilization – Trending for Entire DC Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  12. 12. Operations Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  13. 13. Common Operational Questions Answered by DCIM Tools What projects are due tomorrow their current status? I lost a fan on my CRAC – what do I do now? How can I address hotspots in my data center? What’s my PUE? Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation Schneider –– February 2014 One of my racks has an exceeded power capacity - what can I do? What’s the overall health of my data center? IT Facility Managers What do I have in my data center?
  14. 14. Auto Discover IT Assets Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014 Automatically discover network enabled data center assets.
  15. 15. Provision Discovered Assets Discovered assets can be placed directly into the data center model. Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014 The model is populated based on the data retrieved during discovery.
  16. 16. Capacity Alarms in One View Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  17. 17. Alarm View ●Highlighting entire rack where alarm is present Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  18. 18. Measure Real-Time Power ●Real-time Power Consumption Power Details Overlay Real-time power consumption displayed as an overlay on floor and rack layout Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  19. 19. Lower Safety Margins Save Money Safety Margin Power Cooling IT Demand Power Cooling Facilities Supply Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014 Power Cooling IT Demand Power Cooling Facilities Supply
  20. 20. Air Temperature Velocity Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  21. 21. Communication Between Virtual Physical Worlds Why move a VM? Reasons on both sides... Not enough COMPUTE resources... There is physical infrastructure OR DANGER ... The virtual machine manager watches this side DCIM watches this side Power Cooling ● Not enough PROCESSOR ● Not enough MEMORY ● Not enough STORAGE Schneider Electric –– Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014 ● Power outage – on battery, low battery ● Cooling trouble – failure of a cooling device ● Loss of redundancy in power or cooling Cooling Power
  22. 22. Analytics Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  23. 23. Common Analytical Questions Answered By DCIM Tools What’s the cost of running my data center? When will I need to build another data center? How can I reduce How do I know if our energy my operational Schneider Electric –– Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014 expenses? efficiency initiative succeeded? When will my data center run out of power and cooling capacity? CIO Have we met our regulatory requirements?
  24. 24. Capacity Dashboard Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  25. 25. Control Energy Usage in Your Data Center “Energy use is a substantial cost of IT operations, in some cases exceeding the cost of the IT hardware itself!” Quote US Department of Energy, May 2007 Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  26. 26. Why It’s Important? Financial Benefits Improve OpEx and CapEx Reduce costs by 10-30% annually 3 -18 month ROI is typical Automate Manual Processes Reporting, inventory, moves/adds/changes, capacity planning, outage impact analysis, energy measurements Respond faster to business initiatives by as much as 50% Dramatically improve productivity Improve Operational Intelligence Measure Data Center performance (Energy Efficiency, Resource Utilization, Process Efficiency) Link KPI’s to strategies actions that drive improvement Holistic view of Data Center for all roles Overall, DCIM helps you gain control of your infrastructure so that it doesn’t control your business! Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  27. 27. Key Take Away Do you have the right tools and processes? Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  28. 28. Resources Classification of Data Center Management Software Tools White Paper 104 Virtualization and Cloud Computing, Optimized Power, Cooling and Management Maximizes Benefits White Paper 118 Power and Cooling Capacity Management For Data Centers White Paper 150 Browse all White Papers whitepapers.apc.com Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014
  29. 29. Resources Power Sizing Calculator TradeOff Tool 1 Energy Allocation Calculator TradeOff Tool 2 Energy Efficiency Calculator TradeOff Tool 6 Browse all TradeOff Tools™ tools.apc.com Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation –– February 2014

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