Sunday, June 26, 2011

DC Insight - Analytic - Giving Data Center facility managers and operators what they want, when they want

Over the past couple of weeks, I was working closely with a data center operator to complete a cooling optimization project.  The customer deployed our DC Insight solution, which allow us to have a very high-density environment monitoring solution.  We have 2 sensors at each rack and 4 at each CRAC, as well as door sensors, dry contacts and fluid tags all deployed with no cabling required.

We have allowed our system to collect the "as-is" data for a week, then we went on optimizing the air-flow distribution of the data center, including installing HotLok blanking panels and KoldLok grommets.  We also re-arranged some perforated tiles to allow better air-flow distribution to the server equipment.

We then sit and waited for another week to allow our DC Insight solution to collect data.

Using the before and after data, we compiled a comprehensive report for our customer, confirming some existing suspicions, as well as discovering new interesting trends and potential risks.  Bottom line, this is a very data-driven process which allows data center operators to truly understand the environment which houses their mission critical systems.

The time has now come to streamline this experience.  This is where DC Insight - Analytic comes in. We are moving towards gathering the grass-root experience, and merge it with the best practice of today, to provide an Analytic platform for our data center users and operators.  This is still in alpha stage of development, but anyways, here is a screenshot:

Looks familiar? It is time to bring intuitive user-experience consumer had enjoyed for years to the world of data centers.

With DC Insight we now have all the pieces to make this happen:

  • DC Insight - Integrator: The data collection platform to collect virtually any device with an electronically readable output.
  • DC Insight - Operation: Utilizing the best-of-breed and proven platform of InterMapper, this provide operation team a familiar user-experience: map-in-map view, tiered notifications and alerts, acknowledgement  and device maintenance mode, multiple authentication source options, and admin/operator/read-only user role seperation.
  • DC Insight - Analytic: The platform which brings all these together.  The number crunching and processing platform to bring an aggregated view and provide business intelligence to operators, managers and executives of today's data centers.

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