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Avoiding the Economic Cliff by Managing the Data Center Floor
Date: 12/04/2008 Length: 5 pages Cost: $99.00

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In a time of expanding IT infrastructure and contracting IT budgets, the raised floor is a gold mine. With intelligent tools for data center management, enterprises can drastically reduce power consumption and defer data center build-outs. For a 5 megawatt data center, a 20% reduction in power usage would save about $876,000 per year. If the enterprise is on the verge of outgrowing a data center, the same tools can defer, for a considerable time, the $125 million expense of a build-out. The key is an intuitive tool that visualizes the data center raised floor with an integrated combination of perspectives - inventory management, power optimization, hot-spot reduction, intelligent space modeling, ITSM framework integration, virtualization candidates, and utilization monitoring.

Most enterprises have asked their data center managers to provision the most expensive real estate in the corporation without the benefit of a modeling tool that understands real power consumption, heat dissipation, server efficiency, power balancing, and dynamic factors like utilization. The result is wasted power, wasted space, and lots of wasted money.

This paper looks at nlyle, a comprehensive tool from Global Data Center Management (GDCM) that integrates with the ITSM framework and thereby leverages information about data center assets for broader service management. The raised floor is mine that yields both gold and efficiency.

EMA Staff

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