Data centres are complex beasts that face multiple challenges. The need for maximum uptime has to be levelled with improvements in energy and processing efficiencies plus an increase in IT service revenues
The need for deeper integration and greater efficiencies led global IT services provider Atos to co-invest in the Siemens Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution.
The Siemens Datacenter Clarity LC, offers a single, consolidated view of the whole of a data centre’s IT and facilities operations from one workstation.
The need for such a strategic partnership was explained at Data Centre World 2016 recently held in London in a joint presentation by Florence Burnoud, head of global service assurance for Atos, managed Services and Philippe Heim, Siemens global DCIM portfolio manager.
Data centres are complex beasts that face multiple challenges. The need for maximum uptime has to be levelled with improvements in energy efficiency, the reduction of the carbon footprint, improvements in processing efficiencies and a demand to increase IT service revenue, explained Burnoud and Heim.
"Sitting at the core is the natural division between IT services and facilities as each tends to function in a silo, with limited sharing of information. Yet bridging the gap between IT and facilities processes will transform data centre operations, enabling both parties to improve the management of assets and workflows," they said.
Current outcomes of implementing the system in Atos data centres are highly positive.
"Most pilot benefits have been realised in the three key areas of cost and risk, performance and agility," reported Burnoud.
"A key advantage has been usage based reporting and invoicing, as well as better understanding of resource, duration and the cost of data cleansing.
"Overall performance has improved as we can now identify and eliminate Single Point of Failures (SPOFs), which has led to increased availability and reduced downtime; in so doing we provide a better and more fluid service to our customers which has resulted in increased customer confidence," she said.
Burnoud said Atos was anticipating future returns such as greater energy efficiency and higher utilisation, where cost reductions would be passed to customers. Also 3D modelling and ’what if’ installation planning will assist with capacity deployment.
Philippe Heim of Siemens said, "The operational challenges facing Atos have been alleviated by the adoption of robust, user based, modular integrated technology to ensure maximum uptime, resilience and sustainability.
"Datacentre Clarity LC combines information from vital sub-systems that traditionally operate in isolation into a single, powerful solution that monitors energy and building management, physical security, fire safety, power and communications, zones and raised floors, racks, servers and data storage systems, as well as switches and routers. Importantly, it prevents silos forming between IT and facilities processes, enabling both parties to share greater efficiencies.
"IT and facility management integration is an essential component for business success in the mission critical data centre environment and we look forward to working with Atos to further their business requirements."