10 Things Every CIO Must Know about Their Data Centers

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While data centers aren’t necessarily something CIOs think about on a daily basis, there are some essential things every executive in this role must know about their organization’s data center operations. They all have to do with data center outages, past and future ones. These incidents carry significant risk of negative impact on the entire organization’s performance and profitability, which are things that fall comfortably within a typical CIO’s scope of responsibilities.

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How much “loose change” are you leaving in the data center?

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If you’ve ever been rushing to catch a plane, you might not have bothered to pick up that loose change you left in the bowl before going through the metal detector. Apparently you’re not alone. In 2014, the TSA collected$675,000 in loose coins. Who knew that all of those abandoned pennies and nickels could add up to so much money? While I was staggered to hear the total was so high, I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised. I work in the data center industry, where billions of dollars are lost every year due to easily preventable energy inefficiencies, ghost servers which aren’t running any applications, software licenses which aren’t being used, and hundreds of thousands of hours of inefficient labor.

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Why Do I Need DCIM?

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There are a number of benefits in implementing a Data Center Infrastructure System (DCIM) solution.  To illustrate this point, consider the primary components of data center management.

In the Design phase, DCIM provides key information in designing the proper infrastructure.  Power, cooling and network data at the rack level help to determine the optimum placement of new servers.  Without this information, data center managers have to rely on guesswork to make key decisions on how much equipment can be placed into a rack.  Too little equipment strands valuable data center resources (space, power and cooling).  Too much equipment increases the risk of shutdown due to exceeding the available resources.

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