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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 WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014 Schneider Electric Data Center Science Center White Paper 107
  2. 2. Session Objectives Overview of DCIM Challenges DCIM Addresses How DCIM Works Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014 How DCIM Works Why It’s Important
  3. 3. Key Take Away Do You Have The Right Tools? Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014
  4. 4. Business Applications IT Infrastructure Overview Of DCIM Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014 Data Center / Facilities Infrastructure Power | Cooling | Racks | Security | Environment IT Infrastructure Servers | Storage | Networking
  5. 5. Challenges DCIM Addresses Respond Faster to the Business Maintain Availability Lower Costs DC Consolidation Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014 Capacity Planning Business Need to dramatically simplify planning, designing, deploying & operating data centers Cloud Computing DC Consolidation
  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 Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014 My CIO said “There’s some white space – put the servers there!” 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 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014
  8. 8. Common Planning Questions Answered By DCIM Tools How does my trending look for How will a new server impact the existing branch circuit?Where do I place my next server? Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014 How does my trending look for 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 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014
  10. 10. Overlay server level CPU utilization data on the rack layout. Color-coded bars show the avg. CPU utilization. CPU Utilization – Individual Servers Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider 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 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014
  12. 12. Operations Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider 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? Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014 One of my racks has an exceeded power capacity - what can I do? data center? 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 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014 Automatically discover network enabled data center assets.
  15. 15. Discovered assets can be placed directly into the data center model. Provision Discovered Assets Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider 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 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014
  17. 17. ●Highlighting entire rack where alarm is present Alarm View Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider 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 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014
  19. 19. Lower Safety Margins Save Money Safety Margin Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014 Power & Cooling IT Demand Power & Cooling Facilities Supply Power & Cooling IT Demand Power & Cooling Facilities Supply
  20. 20. Air Temperature & Velocity Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014
  21. 21. Why move a VM? Not enough PROCESSOR Not enough COMPUTE resources... There is physical infrastructure DANGER ... OR The virtual machine manager watches this side DCIM watches this side Power Cooling Reasons on both sides... Communication Between Virtual & Physical Worlds Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014 ● Not enough PROCESSOR ● Not enough MEMORY ● Not enough STORAGE ● Power outage – on battery, low battery ● Cooling trouble – failure of a cooling device ● Loss of redundancy in power or cooling PowerCooling
  22. 22. Analytics Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014 Analytics
  23. 23. Common Analytical Questions Answered By DCIM Tools How can I reduce my operationalHow do I know if our energy What’s the cost of running my data center? When will I need to build another data center? Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014 How can I reduce my operational expenses? How do I know if our energy 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 2014Schneider 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 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014
  26. 26. Why It’s Important? 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% Financial Benefits Improve OpEx and CapEx Reduce costs by 10-30% annually 3 -18 month ROI is typical Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014 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!
  27. 27. Key Take Away Do you have the right tools and processes? Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider 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 Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014 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
  29. 29. Resources Power Sizing Calculator TradeOff Tool 1 Energy Allocation Calculator TradeOff Tool 2 Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014Schneider Electric – Data Center Science Center WP 107 Presentation – February 2014 TradeOff Tool 2 Energy Efficiency Calculator TradeOff Tool 6 Browse all TradeOff Tools™ tools.apc.com

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