RF Code’s CTO shares valuable insights and a unique perspective on the important role that real-time asset management can play in a data center move. Read more below.
Real-Time Asset Management Key in Data Center Moves
In an increasingly data-driven world, solutions that provide real-time information benefit us all, from the data center, its customers, and ultimately the consumers at the end of the chain.
Dr. Peter Vancorenland is Chief Technology Officer for RF Code.
Moving a data center from one location to another is nothing short of a daunting task. Even the relatively “simple” undertaking of relocating or replacing equipment within a facility can be fraught with error. When hundreds or even thousands of components begin their journey during a push/pull migration or across the raised floor, a multitude of potential crises have to be managed: assets might break as they’re disassembled or installed at the new location incorrectly, critical elements might get lost or stolen, or unexpected delays can cause additional downtime in violation of SLA’s. There are a wealth of variables to account for.
The only good news is that these are challenges that every data center operator has had to face and there are a variety of best practices to help minimize costly mistakes, most notably the utilization of real-time asset management solutions.
Ideally, prior to the move or replacement of any data center equipment, the facility will have a reliable and responsive asset management system in place. After all, if you’re swapping out damaged electronics, it’s critical to have a solid grasp on the inventory available when a fix on the fly has to be made. Alternatively, when there’s time to plan an equipment upgrade or data center migration, the ability to know exactly where all of the deployed and stored assets are will make the process a great deal faster and smoother, which is good in terms of staff workload and payroll as well as keeping your customers happy with uninterrupted uptime.