Three-tiered approach provides visibility to optimize efficiency and availability
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today released a CIO Playbook focused on helping IT executive management gain the visibility required to improve data center efficiency and availability while better preparing for the future. According to the Spring 2013 Data Center Users’ Group survey, which asked its members to predict the skills data center managers will need in the next five years, the “ability to see across systems” (75 percent) and “improved ability to see the big picture” (73 percent) will be keys to effective management.
“When you analyze the obstacles managers face in improving data center performance, you always come back to lack of visibility,” said Blake Carlson, vice president, global strategy and business development for Emerson Network Power’s Avocent business. “For data center management to advance in maturity, data center managers need a single window into utilization and performance across systems—the data center equivalent of a crystal ball. With that tool, they can break down organizational silos and move to data-driven decision making and management.”
The Playbook, “Cultivating a Crystal Ball for Data Center Performance and Availability,” begins by acknowledging that data centers typically undergo significant change after commissioning. As a result, an assessment of electrical and thermal systems often is warranted to identify potential vulnerabilities and inefficiencies. The Playbook then presents a three-tiered approach to cultivating a crystal ball:
- Local Monitoring. The foundation for the data center crystal ball is the ability to remotely monitor and access systems across the data center to gain visibility into equipment operating status and receive real-time alerts and alarms.
- Data Aggregation: Aggregating data across the facility creates the ability to identify dependencies and optimize systems. Aggregated data also can be used to address key planning questions.
- Enterprise Intelligence: At the enterprise level, data is transformed into intelligence that can be accessed by IT and Facilities personnel, enabling greater collaboration and more effective management.
With such a system in place, data center managers can manage capacity proactively based on real-time visibility into IT and facilities infrastructures; identify and rectify data center issues before they affect operations; and increase asset utilization and productivity.
“Cultivating a Crystal Ball for Data Center Performance and Availability” is available at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/CIOtopics. Carlson will be hosting a Critical Advantage Webcast on the topic June 25, 2013. For more information on the webcast, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/webcasts. For more information on products and solutions from Emerson Network Power, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.
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 2012 were $24.4 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.