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How the Internet of Things Will Drive the Need for Capacity Management

Paula Alves
July 9, 2014

Internet of Things - Capacity Management

The Internet of Things (IoT), the concept of virtually every gadget and appliance we own being interconnected via the Internet, continues to make great strides, and in the words of Gartner is “promising to transform the data center market.”  If and when that transformation does take place, data centers will be faced with an overwhelming amount of data that will need to be synthesized, analyzed, and stored. That “big data” will push the need for additional storage, network, and computing resources to unprecedented heights.

As a data center operator, you may need to prepare for this shift sooner than expected.  And that starts with a full understanding of how much capacity you actually have. To start, try to honestly answer the following questions:

  1. How much space, power, and networking capacity do you have remaining?
  2. When is that capacity expected to run out?
  3. Is that capacity fully utilized, or is there a way to better utilize existing capacity?

Many organizations currently rely on Excel spreadsheets and manual analysis to answer those questions. But when the IoT rolls around, data centers will need intelligent and automated capacity planning tools that can help them to keep pace with the ballooning size of their infrastructure by, for instance – managing the complex dynamic equipment adds and changes that are bound to take place; that on top of ensuring sufficient power, cooling, space, and network resources are available. 
So, the bottom line is this: data centers will need to align the goals of IT, facilities, and the business proactively by wisely managing available capacity in order to keep operating expenses down and defer capital expenditures for as long as it is feasible. It’s a goal that up to this point, no human being has been able to achieve. But, data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tools though still in their infancy, have come pretty close.  And here’s why:

  • DCIM tools provide all-in-one planning, management, and reporting capabilities on IT capacity across facilities, servers, and applications.
  • DCIM software can provide real-time capacity monitoring, trending, forecasting, and “what-if” scenarios that show impact on cooling, power, and space. 
  • DCIM removes silos that have in the past stranded capacity and proactively provides the information needed to align IT and facilities management business objectives.

Although no one is really sure just what to expect when the IoT rolls around, the need to manage data center capacity in an intelligent way will be an ongoing process.  But it’s certainly not one you need to suffer and go through alone.
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