By Kevin Malik, CIO of IO
Enterprise IT operations are constantly changing and evolving. Cloud computing adoption, for example, is skyrocketing to the point where industry experts project that the market will top $150 billion by 2013. Additionally, the number of Internet hosts, computations per kilowatt hour, and overall data volumes are exploding.
At a time when enterprises depend on their data center infrastructure more than ever, the facilities-based data center has reached the end of the road. Traditionally constructed data centers simply take too long to deploy, are too costly to scale efficiently, and are poorly utilized to keep pace with today’s IT demands.
The data center industry is entering a period of fundamental change. There is a better, smarter way to add and manage data center capacity through standards-based technology Data Center 2.0. In this new model, fully integrated modular data centers are manufactured from a standards-based architecture, which includes 100 percent of the critical infrastructure and can be operational in as little as 90 days.
Looking at the IT world, virtually every component follows a standard. It’s time the data center followed suit to be strategically aligned with the rest of the IT operation, and thus ultimately aligned with the needs of the enterprise.
Data Center 2.0 Benefits
• Rapid deployment
• Just-in-time provisioning
• Reduced capital and operational costs
• Less complexity, higher reliability
• Increased efficiency and utilization
• Improved operational sustainability
• Global standardization
• Data center visibility and intelligent control
Data Center 2.0 also has spawned a new class of software innovation with data center operating systems providing real-time control, historical performance trending and alarm notifications to proactively address impacting events.
Here’s a look at the essential components of an elegantly engineered data center operating system:
Global View. The software needs to help organizations break down management silos by providing a consolidated view of their entire data center infrastructure across regional, national and global boundaries. This visibility should provide staff with both a logical view–looking at hundreds of devices from one view–and a physical view, organizing critical infrastructure by location.
Real-Time Monitoring and Notification. The software needs to monitor, track and maintain a record of all critical systems and provide a continuous feedback mechanism to key staff when pre-defined thresholds have been met. This proactive capability will allow operations and engineering teams to take the appropriate preventative actions before service level objectives are impacted.
Intuitive Dashboard. It is essential for a data center operating system to have an intuitive interface so users can quickly navigate through alerts, review environmental levels and review other detailed analytics. For example, companies should be able to customize the views of real-time data of mechanical, power, cooling and electrical usage so decision-makers see information needed based on their roles to optimize data center operations. The operational consoles should be usable without the need for a keyboard with a touch screen capability.
Role-Based Security. A data center operating system should enable a company to assign security levels. This ability allows access to critical systems data to only authorized and permissioned staff, protecting business-confidential information. The system should provide the appropriate security safeguards in data transmission by utilizing measures such as SSL encryption.
Intelligent Control. The software also must allow for visibility and intelligent control with the ability to detect, report and fix an internal problem before it becomes a critical issue. Key staff will be better equipped to make well-informed decisions in response to potential disruptions.
There are many benefits to deploying a state-of-the-art operating system. First and foremost, the system will provide the ability to make dramatic gains in energy efficiency. The software will provide organizations the knowledge they need to move mission-critical applications across their global data center infrastructure. Setting the most efficient location by energy consumption, this tool enables enterprises to make smarter energy decisions based on real-time data.
Data Center 2.0 software is available today with IO OS®, which is the first data center operating system. The software is deployed and operational in customer modules and IO’s data centers, including at IO New Jersey in Edison, N.J. The visibility and intelligent control provided by IO OS can be leveraged in the modular data center environment and can be utilized in traditional data center infrastructures as well.
Tier1 Research recently visited IO New Jersey to gain more insight on IO’s Data Center 2.0 technology platform. “After observing the capabilities of IO OS, the operating system that monitors and controls the modules, we believe that IO New Jersey has the potential to be quite a disruptive force,” reported Mike Levy, Datacenters Research Associate.
Companies are realizing there is a smarter way to add, manage and control their data center infrastructure. IO OS helps them see and gain intelligent control, and places the full power of their information infrastructure at their command.
For more information on Data Center 2.0 capacity or IO OS intelligent control, visit http://www.io.com or call 480-513-8500.