If you are the manager of a data center, you are probably wondering why it feels so impossible to keep track of the many different systems you have in your center with the current technology in the place. After all, isn’t this what the IT company said was the best of the best when they installed it? Well the truth is that while the utilization of your server space is typically a topic that is described in detail and focused on in a lot of management software, you aren’t usually given an idea of how the rest of the processes in the facility are going to be managed.
For example, what is going to be done to keep the power at full capacity without fluctuations? What measures can be taken to ensure that the place is cooled sufficiently to maintain the functioning of the many mainframe-level machines in it? In the same way, when managing the inventory of the facility, most data center infrastructure management services think more about the physical server as opposed to the demands that it makes on the power and other resources every time it is used.
A Holistic Approach Is Never Taken
What makes this worse is that most executive software simply fails to think of the entire facility with all of its real and virtual processes in a holistic manner, and take it as a set of individual functions and assets instead. This is a big mistake, and is made worse by the fact that most systems that attempt to measure the impact of the facility don’t try to think about the multidimensional aspect of the data center, but more about its physical, independent demands.
If you take a look at the way in which most of the best data center infrastructure management services operate, you will see that they have many different teams and departments, each concerned with a different aspect of the center. All of the data that is gathered and measured from these teams is taken separately and then it is attempted to correlate them. This can lead to a lot of problems, errors and consequences later as well.
Monitoring Processes across the Facility at Once
This is the best way to ensure that the right reading and correlation are obtained from the data gathered. All of the different activities and details that the center is involved in need to be recorded at the same time so that the analysis can show which processes are impacted by the others.