IDC: Data center power, space and cooling problems disrupt enterprises

Problems reduce IT's ability to get business value from investments
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Nearly 85 percent of enterprises said issues with data center power, space and cooling capacity have delayed or canceled application rollouts, reduced their ability to support customers and resulted in unplanned reallocation of resources away from strategic goals during the past year, according to a recent IDC study.

According to a CA Technologies-sponsored IDC survey of more than 500 global IT and facilities professionals, data center problems reduce IT's ability to get maximum business value from IT hardware and software investments.

"Organizations are spending hundreds of billions of dollars each year on the infrastructure deployed in their datacenters, and even more on power and cooling plus IT and facilities support staff to ensure that current and new applications are highly available," said Richard Villars, vice president of datacenter and cloud at IDC. "They must ensure this investment is being spent efficiently and effectively, and supporting the business' overall goals of delivering innovative new products and services."

The study revealed the most common reasons for data center problems are outdated datacenters, fragmented datacenter operations and inconsistent datacenter information.

More than half of respondents admitted that their data centers are either "inefficient" or only "moderately efficient." In addition, because IT and facilities staff responsibilities are often divided, enterprises are not able to implement coordinated processes, policies or metrics. Without metrics, decision makers cannot accurately plan capacity, discover problems or optimize resource allocation, the survey found.

The study highlights the fact that datacenter management tools are often manual and fragmented. It suggests that a more unified approach to data center infrastructure management (DCIM) can enable enterprises to get more value from their existing datacenter investments and better support IT-based business innovation.

More than half of the datacenter managers surveyed said there would be value in having an integrated DCIM product. Respondents' priorities for a DCIM product included real-time monitoring of power, temperature and other variables; alerts and alarms for power and cooling; inventory and asset management; and capacity analysis and planning.

For more:
- see CA Technologies release

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