Archive | October 2013

Every Generation Needs a New Revolution

Congratulations to anyone that spotted the above to be a quote from the third President of the USA, Thomas Jefferson, and although he may have said it in 1803 the relevance remains today.

I’m no longer sure which generation I belong to, I come from an age when disk drives could be measured in Megabytes, nowadays we don’t talk in Gigabytes and some of us don’t even talk inTerbytes any more. We know data is exploding and we know technology develops to cope with this; however that’s evolution not revolution.

I believe we are at the cusp of the next revolution in technology. To be the next big thing has to fundamentally change how we do things. It has to change how we look and think about our world; it has to be revolutionary.

It used to be that we got excited by individual pieces of technology; maybe our first laptop, maybe our first 1Tb drive, maybe our first smartphone which you just love to hold, and be seen with.

But whilst these may be considered revolutionary, they remain point solutions – they are single dimensional.

We’re moving into a multi-dimensional world of IT.  We’re moving from single dimensional solutions to Multi-dimensional solutions

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  • Where everything has an impact on everything else
  • Where every piece of technology has to interact with everything else

That’s just in business, what about the personal world, where your smart phone has to interact with your car, which has to interact with your microwave, which has to interact with your television, so when you get home everything is in its place. How do you choose? And more importantly how do you control it all?

The problem with multi-dimensional solutions is that there so many choices to be made. We are seeing the start of this wave now in the ‘Software Defined’ world, where it gets harder to identify components of a solution, but really why should we care anyway?

So what do we do in this multi-dimensional, software-defined world of IT?

  • Should you ignore everyone and continue as you are, after all it works doesn’t it?
  • Maybe putting everything in the cloud and consuming as a service is the answer
  • Why not adopt all the new methods, be seen to be progressive but continue to do everything the same old way?
  • What if you adopt every new solution out there, change all your processes to get all that benefit you’ve been promised? How much disruption would that cause? & what if it doesn’t deliver?

It is a minefield out there, and as with all minefields it’s always good to have someone with experience to guide you through it. This is where Computacenter come in.

Every generation has an obligation to renew, reinvent, re-establish, re-create structures and redefine its realities for itself. Get ready for the next generation.

Has DCIM Finally Arrived?

Having just returned from “Panduit Global Systems Integrator Congress” in Malta, (yes the weather was lovely thank you), it is interesting to see that Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) toolsets such as Panduit SmartZone™, could be one of the significant growth areas in 2014. After two to three years of being left in the wilderness, the collaborative benefits of DCIM toolsets are starting to be realised by facilities management (FM) and information technology (IT) departments. It appears that the days of outdated Excel spreadsheets, Visio diagrams and attempting to remember the user credentials of various customised databases and Building Management Systems (BMS) could be coming to an end.

DCIM offers significant benefits through integrating the stand-alone functions of asset discovery and management, capacity planning, predictive modeling, energy management, environmental management, but why has it taken so long to realise this opportunity? Could it be the requirement to fully understand what is actually happening within our datacenter environments from a combined FM and IT perspective?

It is clear that within the vast majority of companies that FM and IT departments often have a strained relationship. The simple process of deploying a new FlexPod solution is often met with protracted discussions about the availability of physical space, power capacity, network connectivity and cooling demand. The resultant effect is that you will have to conduct a major review of your facility to determine all of the above – costing time and money. However, if a DCIM toolset was already in situ, then real-time monitoring could provide this information through integration of these disparate requirements into a simple to use, single “management platform”.

It is clear that with the constantly changing, dynamic nature of datacenters and the need to focus on energy efficiencies, we must have real-time and historical data at our fingertips. How much power are we consuming? Do we have available resources to accommodate new hardware platforms? What is the effect deploying these new systems? These should be easy to answer questions. DCIM toolsets offer this capability and has the ability to bring FM and IT managers together to understand their common goals of sustainability and accurate asset and system reporting.

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