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By Holly Chittenden
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Data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) has been heralded by many organisations as the solution that companies need in order to drive forward efficiencies, such as mapping power losses and providing a data centre operator with a universal set of metrics to enhance their strategic planning. It also can play a role ensuring that a data centre has the capacity to deliver what is required and the awareness to always remain on.

Whilst the overreaching trends of data centre needs are similar – two data centres rarely have identical needs. The key to DCIM is the management of the data and information created. Custodian Data Centres believes that careful analysis and monitoring of our systems is best achieved by developing our own in-house system, so that if there is a problem or a fault, we can find or adapt it. Our specialist team develop and write bespoke code for our own infrastructure, exactly how we want and need it to operate. Additionally, when we discover new features sold by DCIM vendors that we feel may be useful our team are always quick to start developing our own solution for our system.

Infrastructure Management,Why do it in-house?

We calculated that during the early few weeks of deployment of our own data centre information management system we recouped more than the cost of all the hardware via the energy savings we made. This is usually the justification for most DCIM systems, except that we made it back in weeks not years as our system costs so little to deploy. The result of this is that we can pass these savings onto our clients, safe in the knowledge that they are also benefitting from being colocated in a state of the art facility using finely tuned system which monitors over 10,000 aspects of our infrastructure at any moment in time.

Our information gives us interesting facts like £/month for various systems, which put things into perspective when a cost-saving change is made and gives all the engineers a really positive bit of immediate feedback. An example of this in practice is analysis of data which has enabled us to ‘tune’ the UPS room temperatures to a point where the A/C does the least possible work and the UPS fans are also not ramped up too high and wasting energy.