This article explains why Data Center asset and maintenance management is more relevant than ever before.
The Role of Data Center is Changing
Between changes in technology and the growth of cloud computing, the Data Centers built 5-10 years may already be obsolete. In addition, demand is also growing as over a third of companies surveyed by the Uptime Institute expect to reach their IT capacity in less than 2 years.
Demand for Data Center resources is also growing as more and more business turn to cloud computing for a variety of applications and services. A survey of 460 financial decision makers, revealed that cloud computing is on almost everyone’s radar.
“96% believe that cloud computing provides their business with quantifiable benefits, such as reduced IT maintenance costs, reduced IT spend, reduced operational costs, and improved process efficiency.”
Source: VansonBourne – March 2012
The one thing that won’t change is the purpose of the Data Center. Regardless of what tier level the Data Center is; being able to provide business continuity for clients is its primary function.
Business Continuity and Maintenance Management
Maintaining business continuity requires Data Centers to keep their assets running 24/7/365. Any downtime can be disastrous especially at the higher level tiers where business is highly dependent on staying connected.
Some downtime may be unavoidable especially if Mother Nature is involved. But most downtime can be avoided by making sure proactive maintenance management is taking place. Proactive maintenance management includes but is not limited to:
- Inspections and preventive maintenance on all HVAC equipment so it remains in optimal working condition.
- Scheduled maintenance on all assets including electrical systems.
- Regularly scheduled inspections and testing of all backup power equipment.
- Inspections of all security related assets.
Data Center Asset Management
Maintaining business continuity is not just about maintenance management. It is also heavily influenced by the quality of asset management. Good asset management controls the asset experience from the planning stages through retirement. This includes implementation, operation, maintenance and disposal.
When all aspects of an assets lifecycle are planned, less is left to chance and unexpected downtime is reduced. Since unplanned downtime can be expensive and capital intensive it makes sense to minimize potential disruptions with an EAM CMMS.
Other benefits of asset maintenance and management software are that they can lower labor costs and reduce energy bills 10-15%. In addition, quality EAM CMMS software gives Data Center management the knowledge to know the condition of all their assets at any point in time.
Energy management: Power is the largest recurring cost for a data center. EAM CMMS asset and maintenance management solutions can help save 10-15% in energy costs because equipment will run better.
The evolution of Data Centers and cloud computing is still rapidly evolving. The only for certain is that demand will continue to increase, energy costs will continue to skyrocket and clients will become more vocal than ever before if their services are interrupted.
When implemented properly, a quality EAM CMMS solution can help Data Center management meet and exceed client expectations.