Update: 7% Increase In Data Center Power Concern

A recent article released by SearchDataCenter stated that more Information Technology (IT) professionals are concerned with data center power consumption. In fact, a conducted survey of industry professionals showed that increasing power center consumption was a major concern of 48% of those interviewed in 2011*. This number has risen to 55% for 2012. The article went on to say that there was “a major increase in number of respondents whose business unit actually pays the power bill, from 37% to 53%.”* What does this mean for the professionals tasked with effectively monitoring their data centers?

Those who are in charge of monitoring data centers have begun to readily realize the operations of an organization, especially in this economy. When power bills are high enough, they end up traveling up the corporate totem pole and landing on an executive’s desk. When an executive is unhappy, the employees generally become unhappy.


How then does one keep their employer content and effectively manage and monitor their data center? Virtualization of their IT infrastructures. Virtualization has become an effective trend that is occurring in the technology industry today and allows for an added host of benefits (5 Benefits Seen From Virtualization). SearchDataCenter went on to say that there has been a shift of focus on IT budgeting and spending, “from the nice-to-have (“Modernizing infrastructure” was the No. 1 reason for increasing virtualization budget last year) to the need-to-have: saving on hardware and power and cooling costs.”*

By creating a necessity to virtualize, organizations are finding that they have more readily accessible information, easier installations and implementations of new advancements in software and can continue maintenance in a much easier fashion. This occurs via an effective application performance monitoring (APM) solution. The article in SearchDataCenter went on to say that the budgeting for effective monitoring solutions are greatly decreasing, mainly due to the current economic situation of organizations worldwide: “There are a lot of nifty tools out there, but they tend to be expensive…”* Issues that come from data center power concerns stem many other associated issues with data center management in general.

What then, is an IT professional to do? The answer can be found in implementing a comprehensive monitoring solution that is priced appropriately. There is no need to sacrifice capabilities for an affordable option. Let us and the information technology community know… What we here at IT Infrastructure Info would like to know is who has experience with a less expensive solution for monitoring either the physical or virtual infrastructure?



Cloud outage affects 60% of surveyed developers,* APM can help

Recently APM Digest released a study which summarized the findings of 300 application developers*, which found that “nearly 60 percent of the participants had been affected by a cloud outage.”* Cloud outages aren’t anything new in fact; most of those people who utilize the cloud have had a recent experience with cloud outages. The eastern region of the United States experienced an outage of Amazon’s Web Service not too long ago, which left customers unable to access their pertinent information.

How then does this tie into organization which have Information Technology (IT) departments utilizing the cloud? Boundary, the organization that conducted the study, said that around 67 percent* of the companies surveyed host mission critical applications in the public cloud. Therefore, their services were left inaccessible. By no means does this mean there are issues with the cloud environment should scare away potential users. The chance of outages means that IT professionals should utilize and application performance monitoring (APM) solution.

This APM solution should be able to effectively and efficiently monitor all components of the application and supporting infrastructure. The best way to ensure that a cloud environment will continually be running relies on the fact that the systems, networks and complete underlying components need to have their issues located and resolved, quickly. How does one accomplish such a task, especially when there are different types of cloud environments out there today?

Enacting a corrective action solution which allows the end user to monitor and assess the performance of anything from a single physical or virtual entity, to a multi-tiered application or business service that spans physical, virtual and cloud environments. Organizations are adopting virtualization and cloud computing for a variety of reasons, including: more cost-effective hardware utilization, reduced power consumption, simpler disaster recovery, and faster, more flexible provisioning. While this trend holds great promise, it also leaves many IT organizations scrambling to ensure – and document – that end users continue to receive the expected levels of service from critical applications once they have “gone virtual” or “moved into the cloud.”

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*APM Digest