Data Center Management refers to the role of individuals (data center managers) tasked within a data center to oversee technical and IT issues. This includes management of computer and server operations, large amounts of data, services and applications, and the protection and security of the data.
While some of these tasks must be directly managed, many can be automated, thereby reduce the number of on-site employees, eliminate unnecessary manual tasks, and reduce associated business costs.
- Management of multiple vendors & associated equipment, applications and operating systems with different contracts, warranties, process, licenses, patches and upgrade processes.
- Management of multiple data centers with different maturity levels, diverse equipment, processes, and procedures.
- Maintain SLAs in complex environments where there are different requirements for application availability, data retention, speed of recovery, and network availability.
- Monitor change where there are poor or no change control processes, antiquated equipment, and inability to keep infrastructure up to date.
- Manage data center cost and reduced budget, where resources are procured based on “best-cost” – regardless if it is deployed at the “edge”, virtualized, or housed in a colocation. Additionally, energy and cooling costs remain a high percent of the budget.
- Deploy new services and applications faster with limited understanding of resource availability – capacity, power, and space, as well as inconsistent policies and structure.