"Data Centre managers are in desperate need of an 'easy-to-use solution' to improve people efficiency and extend the useful life of their existing physical infrastructure", stated James Cerwinski, Senior Product Manager at Raritan. "Using spreadsheets has been an accepted way to track assets, but now forward-looking companies, such as Shands HealthCare, are deploying DCIM solutions that track assets with the added co-ordination and validation of managing space, power, connections and cooling. DCIM improves people efficiency by automating manual and time-consuming processes, eliminating the need to manually query available resources for every deployment and eliminating the manual effort to trace and troubleshoot circuits for each incident."
Raritan's presentation at Teladata explored how smart racks - instrumented with Raritan's products to monitor energy, temperature and adds/moves/changes - minimize the hidden costs of managing data centres.
Shands, a premier health system provider in Florida, shared how Raritan's dcTrack DCIM software is helping to manage IT assets across multiple data centres, while creating greater energy efficiency, and gaining greater operational agility and reliability.
Recognized as a top DCIM solution, dcTrack helps data centres clearly visualize infrastructure resources, keep accurate track of data centre assets, improve asset "change, move and add" processes, and find infrastructure capacity to expand the life of a data centre.
In addition to dcTrack, Raritan also showed other smart solutions in its booth, including PowerIQ energy management software, intelligent rack PDUs (iPDUs), smart electronic asset-tracking solution and other solutions designed to help manage data centres resources efficiently and smartly.
"How Shands HealthCare Saved 50 percent in Asset Tracking Efficiency" was presented by Joseph Keena, Manager of Data Center Operations, and Robin Stringfellow, Senior Data Center Analyst, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
The traditional method of tracking IT assets, using Excel spreadsheets and Visio floor plans and vertical layouts, was not flexible enough to support Shands' multiple data centres. The health care provider wanted a better way to track data centre assets, specifically identifying the exact location of every server, UPS, and device within its data centers. Attendees learned how Shands selected and implemented Raritan's DCIM solution and how the solution would help them meet their initial goals of accurately identifying assets and capacity and improving energy efficiency, as well as how the solution can be extended to meet their future goals.
"Minimizing the Hidden Costs of Managing IT Racks" was presented by Jawahar Swaminathan, Raritan's Director of Energy Management Solutions.
You've built out your data centre, installed cooling systems, run power feeds and filled your racks with IT equipment. But have you thought about the ongoing costs of managing or upgrading those racks? What about the costs to configure your iPDUs? How about the costs associated with Ethernet drops? You can join Raritan in a discussion about how, with the right planning and solutions, you can minimize the many hidden costs.