A typical Data Center may be comprised of thousands of active assets and may have a net capital value exceeding $100 Million. Each of these assets has a value to the business based upon its ability to do work cost-effectively over its intended lifetime. That lifetime today is typically 3 years, based upon the technology itself (Moore’s Law), the technology of the supporting components (i.e. Power supply efficiency or memory power consumption), Depreciation or Lease payments (which are constant for 3 years and then rise significantly), and Warranty/Repair costs (which are fixed for the first 3 years, and then rise dramatically). Not to mention the risk associated with failure rates that increase as equipment ages and the amount of decreasing physical space required to perform work in newer devices.
Consequently, highly efficient data center managers and architects that wish to operate their data centers taking into account these factors should plan to replace ONE-THIRD of all of the assets each and every year.
Don’t award any “gold stars” for keeping older equipment running.
Whereas most data center managers have prided themselves for years on being about to keep older equipment running for extended periods of time, today those miraculous efforts are not only ridiculed by executive managers, but viewed as adding unnecessary risk and cost to the business.
Part of the challenge to practice a solid asset lifecycle management plan is to understand the value of each piece of gear over time, and have a clear set of processes that enable change to be performed as needed to maintain value. Data centers have thousands of assets, owned by dozens of teams, with numerous interconnects, all with redundant power, running various virtual servers and applications. That is where Nlyte comes in. Managing thousands of individual changes in the context of all others.
Nlyte is able to capture change at its source, facilitating the timely and well-defined onboarding of equipment, as well as the decommissioning of older equipment, which is likely costing you valuable resources as well. By using Nlyte advanced workflow capabilities, thousands of change projects become part of the process. Tasks are scheduled and handled based upon a plan. Assets remain in production when their value is higher than their costs, and retired when that value falls. Nlyte handles asset lifecycle management with ease and continuously checks and manages the costs to deliver IT.
“Our Nlyte deployment was the key tool that enabled us to finally get a comprehensive view into our asset allocations and infrastructure. Now, it’s the central solution that drives everything we do in all of our data centers.”