Supply Chain Challenges with COVID-19
Published on May 6, 2020,
Toilet Paper isn’t the only thing missing on the shelves.
We are in the granddaddy of all supply chain hiccups. All of us are familiar with the absence of essentials missing from our grocery store shelves, but what about our data centers? We already hear stories of manufactures stockpiling components for their products. What do we do when we need more equipment for our compute infrastructure, and there isn’t any to be had? Make the best use of what you have!
Implementing Intelligent Asset Management
For years we have been over provisioning and abandoning equipment, now is the time to understand what we have and how to use it intelligently. An excellent place to start is the receiving dock. How do you currently receive equipment? Is it scanned in and added to your asset database? Do you have an automated asset database that isn’t in Excel? Can you track assets from the dock to the storeroom, to installation? And then decommissioning?
Nlyte DCIM Software can ensure you receive your assets, automatically input them into the asset database, mark them as reserved or uncommitted, and then track their movement with the automated workflow manager. Equipment gets put to use as soon as possible and doesn’t languish in a storeroom or under some well-intender’s desk.
Capacity Planning - Maximizing Workloads
Clearly, understanding the utilization of your servers is paramount to getting the most out of your compute resources. Are you maximizing the workloads assigned to a server? Do you know how many and which virtual servers are running on each physical server? Is server availability information shared across your ITSM systems to avoid unnecessary equipment purchases or delays in deploying a new workload?
Nlyte’s asset management and capacity planning features give you the knowledge of the utilization of each server down to the virtual workloads running on them. It can provide CPU utilization and even tell you the access time of each application. Furthermore, Nlyte can identify zombie and ghost servers that can quickly be used for current or future service ticket requests. The capacity planning tool lets you look at the data center from the granularity of a single server to the entire facility to understand workload density and improve the utilization of the entire compute infrastructure.
See, Monitor, & Manage - Across the Entire Hybrid Cloud
Optimizing your workloads starts with the knowledge of server utilization but requires more effort. Optimizing is critical to improve workload, compute, and energy efficiencies. Do you know the age of each server and its relative performance? Are application performances on one server suffering while other applications are running on servers with unused bandwidth? Are there applications or DevOps activities that can be moved to less expensive or lower performance environments such as older equipment or public cloud?
Nlyte focuses on giving you the ability to see, monitor, and manage across the entire hybrid cloud. Nlyte gives you the data and reporting functions to place workloads in the most optimal place for cost, performance, and security.
With Nlyte’s Hybrid Digital Infrastructure Management suite of DCIM and TAM applications, you can ensure your organization’s shelves don’t go bare.