Unprecedented demand for information, combined with changing consumption modes ( delivered anywhere, at any time, to any device) has resulted in rapid expansion for one of the world’s fastest growing industries – Data Centres
If “data is the new oil”, then Data Centres are the new “gas stations”. Critical infrastructure storing and serving up data that the “information economy” relies on to function. Although quite different in many ways to traditional infrastructure, the needs of Data Centres to function at optimal levels, in a market where “always on” and “100 percent uptime” are non-negotiable, it makes perfect sense that Data Centre operators are seeking solutions that combine monitoring and control across multiple sites to maximise efficiencies, service levels, and profitability.
The global Data Center and colocation industry continue to show double-digit growth. Mergers, acquisitions, and organic expansions are introducing a whole range of new challenges for Data Centre operators that require different thinking.
Along with the challenges of system integration, disparate data silos based on multi-vendor system architectures, mutualized reporting across multiple sites, and real-time operational information, the Data Centre market is faced with increasing demand for profitability and operational efficiency.
Management of modern city infrastructure can include the management of assets such as buildings and facilities, transport stock (buses, trams, and trains), power distribution, bridges and tunnels, lighting, security and surveillance equipment, and increasingly, Data Centres, Wi-Fi, and communication networks.
The combination of assets with connected devices, and most importantly, the data captured for each of these assets, introduces the need for technology solutions to harmonise disparate data, and provide a single view into maintenance needs, downtime predictions, and scheduling of proactive maintenance.
Transparency across data centres
Improving operational efficiency through the breaking down of historical information silos, seamlessly aggregating data from a plethora of hardware and software sources, and delivering valuable, contextual and actionable insights, is what complex automation projects involve.
For Smart Cities, this challenge is magnified by the interconnected, real-time nature of the systems and processes being monitored and controlled – either centrally, or remotely – and the expectations of people relying on these systems to participate in day-to-day urban living… and be happy whilst participating.
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