Data Center Inefficiencies Cost Businesses Time, Money
Only just over half of businesses surveyed by Intel said they are able to benefit from using data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tools.Inefficiencies are costing data centers time and money, while 43 percent of data centers rely on manual methods for capacity planning and forecasting, according to an Intel survey of 200 data center managers across the U.S. and U.K. The manual approach is not limited to smaller data centers by any means; the proportion was found to remain the same even among the larger data centers (with above 1,500 servers). Despite its limitations, MS Excel emerges as a popular tool and nearly one in ten resort to walking around a data center with a tape measure. Only just over half are able to benefit from using data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tools. When asked why manual methods were employed, 46 percent said it was because they felt that the alternatives would be too expensive, and a further 35 percent feared they lacked the resources to implement a more automated approach.
"We believed many data center operators had manual processes for monitoring IT device power and thermals, but we were surprised that it was as high as 40 percent," Jeff Klaus, general manager of data center solutions at Intel DCM, told eWEEK. "As I speak at data center conferences around the world, we continue to be the first to educate operators and cloud service providers about the existing capabilities inside the servers they have already purchased – where they can leverage powerful agentless tools to expose and orchestrate telemetry data and provide simplified analysis on their environment."