Overhead cable trays run along the aisles between colocation cages in one of Equinix's Silicon Valley data centers (Photo: Equinix)

Overhead cable trays run along the aisles between colocation cages in one of Equinix's Silicon Valley data centers (Photo: Equinix)

How to Better Align Your Data Center’s Physical Infrastructure

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The modern business is truly evolving. As more users, applications and workloads encompass the cloud, data center platforms will sit square in the middle of all technological advancements. New demands require different types of server deployments, new ways to control change, and a much better management methodology.

Your data center is one of your organization’s biggest investments, costing millions of dollars with fixed amounts of space, cooling, networking and power capacities. It houses tens of thousands of assets – a third of which should be updated annually – and consumes a third or more of your company’s total power.

Recognizing this essential nature of IT, companies have sought to incorporate their data center infrastructures into a larger management context – not just for IT but for all business services. For many organizations that larger context is the IT Infrastructure Library, or ITIL, the framework of best practices which form the foundation of IT Service Management (ITSM).

In this whitepaper from Nlyte we learn how alignment between Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM), the discipline at the core of Nlyte Software’s products and services, and the larger framework of ITSM enhance data center operations.

Download this whitepaper today to see how Nlyte takes a truly holistic approach to aligning a data center’s physical infrastructure. This approach includes:

  • Intelligent server placement
  • Workflow
  • Pre-Built ITSM Connectors
  • New Server Deployments
  • Incident & Change management
  • Service Catalog Management
  • Availability Management
  • Service Asset and Configuration Management
  • And much more

Throughout the entire process Nlyte takes DCIM and your physical assets into consideration. The idea is to be able to incorporate physical layer considerations (e.g., power, cooling and space) directly into your service design. These types of holistic control systems allow you to generate powerful metrics for measuring and optimizing physical assets over their lifecycles which in turn, helps support continual service improvement and promotes a proactively healthy data center infrastructure.

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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