We all likely have tools at our disposal to track IT assets and many of us have taken asset management as far as to manage the lifecycle of our IT and Data Center assets. But, but most tools that are evaluating the lifecycle of IT assets are only looking at how much the asset has depreciated and how much the asset has cost us to maintain. How can we really manage the lifecycle of an asset without also looking at the performance of this IT asset versus the costs to operate the assetversus the cost to operate a new asset?
This special Data Center Solutions Bulletin looks at this problem that hasn’t yet been answered by the data center solutions community. Let us know your thoughts by reaching out to me directly. I am available at PSacco@ptsdcs.com.
President & Founder
PTS Data Center Solutions, Inc
Experts For Your Always Available Data Center
Asset Performance Management for IT and Data Centers
With the rising costs of operating IT assets, PTS thinks it is time to borrow an idea from our manufacturing brethren who have developed tools to manage the performance and to optimize the production of their plant. After all isn’t a Data Center merely a manufacturing plant for processing and storing data?
Much like a power plant wants to optimize electricity produced per unit of fossil fuel burned, we, as operators of Data Centers, need to optimize the IOPs (Input/Output Per Second) produced per KW (KiloWatt) consumed. The difference is there are numerous Asset Performance Management software tools for the manufacturing world to help optimize the plant by managing such issues as:
Reducing Operational Costs
Extending Asset Life
Delivering Higher Performance with Reduced Resources
Compliance with Regulations & Standards
Standardizing Asset Care Process or Practices
Dealing with Data Management & Islands of Data
Safety and Environmental Performance
Time-based PM tasks and the Need for CBM
Aging Workforce, Loss of Knowledge
All of these issues addressed by today’s manufacturing Asset Performance Management software tools, in PTS’ opinion need to be addressed by Asset Performance Management tools for IT and Data Centers. In conjunction with several of our key partners, PTS has been leading the way with tools that provide the analytics to evaluate the performance of our IT and Data Center assets.
Tools must analyze the performance of IT assets as well as quantify and recommend whether to retire, replace, consolidate, or maintain these IT assets:
Optimization tools should put facilities metrics on the same screen as IT metrics allowing data center operators the ability to view and close the gaps between planned capacity and IT and facility energy usage:
Tools need to go beyond a basic measurement like PUE (Power Usage Efficiency) that can be skewed by underutilized or rogue IT equipment and look at Server Compute Efficiency which is the number of primary processes performed by the server versus the watts consumed by that server:
Finally, data center personnel cannot optimize the performance of their data center assets without managing the labor, tasks, parts and contracts needed to keep our entire data processing plant functioning 7×24:
We’ve highlighted just a few of the tools PTS has brought together to tackle the problem and build the foundation of Asset Performance Management for IT and Data Centers. It’s comical when you think about how the IT and Data Center Industry prides itself on technology and software, yet one could argue there is better software available today to manage and optimize a paper mill than a data center.
At PTS, we know we’ve put some good tools together to address Asset Performance Management for IT and Data Centers, but there is still more work to be done. Rest assured, PTS will be working hard 7×24 to continue to add additional capabilities in support of integrated IT and facility management.
About PTS Data Center Solutions
Founded in 1998, PTS Data Center Solutions is a premier data center design firm and turnkey solutions provider. We offer a broad range of project experience, specializing in designing data centers, computer rooms and technical spaces that integrate “best-of-breed”, critical infrastructure technologies and result in continuously available, scalable, redundant, fault-tolerant, manageable, and maintainable mission critical environments.