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How Intelligent Asset Management Directly Impacts Your Data Center ROI

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There’s no way you can intelligently control your complex data center platform without some type of proactive monitoring solution. The distributed nature of the modern data center has created new types of demands around resource utilization and control.

Here’s the bottom line: As companies continue to absorb the flow of electronic data in astronomical quantities, greater attention is being paid to the infrastructure that holds the data and the escalating costs of its management.

Traditionally, CFOs have only calculated the investments in IT hardware, software and related necessities, including networking, mobile, telecommunications and services that are critical in maintaining a higher-performing data center. Now, with growing issues in data security, compliance assurance, sustainability and capacity planning, businesses are under pressure to deploy effective management systems to reduce costs while identifying and eliminating inefficiencies. The data center has become a strategic advantage, and differentiator, in most industries.

With that in mind, it’s important to understand exactly what can make a data center fail. In this whitepaper from RF Code, we learn that 73 percent of data center downtime is caused by human error. Additional manual Asset management processes that can drive higher costs also include:

  • Loss of data
  • Physical IT asset inventory collection
  • Physical IT asset inventory reconciliation
  • Manually locating misplaced IT assets
  • Manual IT Asset Repository Update
  • Replacement of Misplaced IT Assets
  • Penalties for Late Leased IT Asset Return

Asset management means more than simply knowing what the company has purchased. As the need for data centers grows, propelled by the massive growth in consumer-driven data, it is essential that efficient and fiscally responsible processes are in place to accurately manage IT expenditure and company exposure. There are number of direct and indirect benefits to understanding and intelligently controlling your infrastructure assets.

Download this whitepaper today to learn about how device intelligence also gives IT executives several cost-saving opportunities to make informed strategic decisions on data center operation and purchasing, capacity planning, human resource deployment, and outsourcing. Leveraging these opportunities will elevate IT’s ability to meet high-level directives to lower costs and increase efficiency — today and into the future. Remember, your ultimate goal is to better manage your IT infrastructure while directly aligning with your corporate goals.

About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the National Director of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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  1. "73 percent of data center downtime is caused by human error" That is a compelling stat. At the same time, organizations are trying to deal with data growth, VM sprawl and network bottlenecks that IT leaders recognize as top pain points according to a recent IDG Intel survey. I guess the bottom line is smart management is key to optimizing investments regardless of organizational size. Peter Fretty