Today’s data centers within private and publically held companies may exceed a capital asset value of $100 Million and may be the centerpiece of an organization’s fiscal record-keeping and commercial efforts. Billions of dollars may be flowing through the data center each year.
Within Federal agencies, as budgets face tighter scrutiny, government agencies at all levels have been seeking innovative ways to operate more efficiently at a lower cost without compromising security. Consolidating and optimizing government data centers is an important way to shift more IT resources from back-office activities to value-added services.
It is no surprise then that the need to understand the precise inner-workings of a data center, what it contains and how it’s connected, is critically important. And with a typical data center going through hundreds or thousands of changes each year, it is essential to always have that accurate representation of the data center which reflects those changes.
With such an understanding, new decisions about technology purchases can be made based upon the actual existing structure. For commercial reasons, data center assets are regularly audited for accuracy to assure investments are at the proper level and having maximum effect on the business. And with corporate accountability and shareholder oversight, there is a significant requirement to support regulatory compliance initiatives (such as HIPAA , SOX and Regulation SCI) which confirm the proper protections are in place to assure fiscal accuracy and information privacy.
For Federal agencies, Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI), announced in March of 2016, stipulates the installation of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software. DCOI replaces the now 6-year-old FDCCI and has much stricter goals and additional rules meant to reduce the government’s sprawling data center inventory and the amount of money it takes to maintain it.
In essence, DCOI requires federal agencies to develop and report on data center strategies to consolidate inefficient infrastructure, optimize existing facilities, achieve cost savings, and transition to more efficient infrastructure, such as cloud services and inter-agency shared services through the capabilities imparted by third-party DCIM software. DCOI also raises the number of data centers government agencies are required to close.
Complying with such audit and regulatory requirements can be onerous using traditional tools and practices, but with a properly deployed DCIM suite, it needn’t be. The Nlyte solution provides support for these initiatives.
For instance, Nlyte recently announced its FDCOI module. This module, available with the Nlyte solution, tracks and reports on all of the five optimization metrics for FDCOI which include:
- Energy Metering
- Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)
- Server Utilization & Automated Monitoring
- Facility Utilization
Because Nlyte was built to enable well-designed process and best practices workflows, (such as those inspired by the ITILv3 guidelines) the data center representation is continuously maintained as a result of change actions being performed. Nlyte has a complete log of all changes which have occurred for each and every asset. This granular level of detail directly supports audit and compliance needs.
With Nlyte, leading data center professionals – in public and private sectors – have the confidence that the right configuration item was installed/moved/added/changed at the appropriate time, in the right location, and connected properly.