In the typical data center today there is an operational, management and planning gap in the relationship between facilities and IT departments. Facility and IT operations have traditionally been developed along very different paths, resulting in very different management systems. However, it is becoming increasingly critical for IT and facilities organizations to collaborate effectively and efficiently to continue to meet the demands of the business. Issues like reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions in the data center, demands for higher availability and the need for faster deployment keep both IT and facility managers awake at night. When those demands are combined with a directive to reduce costs, the sleepless nights can really add up.
Even when efforts are made to improve teamwork, facilities and data center managers typically find themselves faced with a bewildering array of management platforms and solutions, many of which do not interoperate and none of which are capable of providing the complete picture of the operation. These systems typically provide an overwhelming amount of data that is difficult to filter and difficult to combine in order to gain a single holistic view of the data center facility. The only way to solve this problem is to find cost-effective tools that centralize data center operations, centralize monitoring and centralize resource management to optimize efficiency and provide easy access to critical data that can improve joint operations, planning and decision making.