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Container technology, such as Docker Container, is gaining momentum and being widely adopted by software companies as a mechanism to deploy software.  Virtual machines( VM) and VM appliances have been the standard way to deploy when isolating computing environments. Virtual machines rely on underlying layer which runs on the bare machine and are known as hypervisors. Hypervisors such VMware, Citrix or Microsoft can host different guest operating systems such as linux or Windows. Each guest operating environment provides as isolated environment for applications to run, thereby ensuring SLAs for the applications. Also, the applications can be packaged as VM appliances…
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Our last two blogs on DCIM Policies discussed “Risk Management” and “Governance.”    Risk Management covered Alarm, Escalation, Redundancy and Disaster Recovery Policies. Governance covered Security, Data Retention, Approval and SLA Policies. This last part will cover “Efficiency Management”: a set of critical KPIs that form the core of a Data Center Manager’s Handbook. The Green Grid, ASHRAE and Uptime Institute have defined number of KPIs for an energy and operationally efficient data center. Typically, these KPIs appear on the DCIM dashboard. Four policies are being covered in this section: PUE Policy, Rack Load Policy, Replacement Policy and Preventive Maintenance Policy. PUE…
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      In my last blog on DCIM Policies (Part 1) we discussed about “Risk Management” and the various “DCIM Policies” that fall under this category. Now moving on to the next category that is “Governance”, which will be covered in this blog (Part 2).       Streamlined governance with chain of command, checks & balance system, and audit trails are few of the universal best practices any organization adopts to ensure voluntary or statutory compliance measures. This applies to Data Centers as well. The policies that we will cover under Governance are Security Policy, Data Retention Policy, Approval Policy…
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Recent high profile data center outages have again brought to fore that while a lot of equipment and facility investments have been made on redundancy and disaster recovery, there is still high reliance on manual operations. Surveys have indicated that human error ranks as the second highest causal factor in data center outages. This in turn has been attributed to failure in adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs) which are usually well defined but forgotten - or worse, not made aware to operating staff. There are several pitfalls of keeping the SOP as a manual and not automating the procedures.…

Defining DCIM: A Revisit

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Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software has now come out of the shadows of an emerging technology it had started with a decade ago as a tool integrating Building Management System (BMS) and a Systems Management software. It has matured as a Data Center Operations, Planning and Management software vital for Data Center staff, managers as well as the CIO. Of course, evolution will further continue with Software Defined Data Centers (SDDCs) and DCIM becoming a natural inheritor of an Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) application. Beyond monitoring and sending critical alerts, DCIM addresses the common data center operation problems…

Meet Us At DCD New York

Written by Tuesday, 29 March 2016 11:43
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We are privileged to be again participating in Intel DCM Booth at DCD New York on 19th & 20th April, 2016 at Marriott Marquis, Times Square. We will be announcing our new version GFS Crane DCIM v3.0 with a number of enhancements. With these enhancements, we will show how GFS Crane is a complete DCIM for Enterprise as well as Colocation Data Centers. We will demonstrate how it helps in Data Center Operations, Planning & Management. We will demonstrate the integration with Intel Data Center Manager and how that reduces cost of ownership for better capacity planning, power, space and…
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