The starting point for “implementing” a top of the range sports car or jumbo jet are similar to a new data centre – specifications are scoped, built and tested before they go forward.
Additionally, there are procedures in place for Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) and identifying and fixing faults that happen. As requirements evolve there is a level of maintenance/upgrading that can meet these new requirements.
However here is where the similarities differ. There are limitations to what you can do to a car or jet. There comes a point where the operator/owner must replace. Prior to this decision, certainly in the case of the jet at an airline, they will examine in very close detail what is “in” the jet. This is the only way they can be confident in the decision to replace.
After all a car or jet cannot just grow. You cannot just add another wheel or wing.
However, in a data centre it is sometimes seems easier and acceptable to satisfy the evolving complexity of requirements by just adding to the data centre, increasing its size and content…even to the extent of implementing an additional data centre.
This is often done without thoroughly reviewing what is in the existing infrastructure because it is seen as too difficult. Whether there is unused capacity any of the assets is not considered because they do not accurately know what assets they have/and or where they are. As such, how is PPM maintained and what happens when there is a “fault”?
The only commercially viable way to have and maintain this accuracy is through physical infrastructure audit(s). However, this is seldom done either because it is not deemed possible or as “exciting” as new technology.
It is possible to do a full physical audit in a commercial and timely way. Implementation of new technology does not solve the potential problems that may already be in the data centre.
As data centres increase in size and complexity, not just locally, but globally and through the Cloud, it is becoming more important to maintain the basics correctly. Calculating what the data centre can deliver, what changes need to be made and the costs in time, resource and money, can only be done with a starting point of accurate infrastructure data. Add to this processes and tools to control additional Install, Move, Add and Change (IMAC) events, and the organisation can use the Data Centre to respond to the changing complexities of their business, without the risk of failure in mission critical areas and spiralling costs.
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