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Asset Management

Although the foundation of a successful Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) implementation has always been data collection and infrastructure monitoring, other capabilities are required to help data center personnel apply the Real-time Operational Intelligence (RtOI) derived from this data to make informed decisions about the assets under management.  One of these key DCIM capabilities is Asset Management, providing complete visibility for the placement of all physical infrastructure in the data center and superior documentation for all assets, including power and network connections.

The new Modius OpenData Asset Management Module provides data center and IT facilities managers with the ability to clearly visualize their assets and infrastructure, manage the placement of this equipment, and make informed capacity management decisions as new equipment is deployed and old equipment is retired.  Beyond spreadsheets or using cumbersome CMDB implementations to manage data center infrastructure, Modius' OpenData Asset Module was designed specifically to address the documentation and management requirements of data center facilities infrastructure and the IT equipment it supports.

How it Works

  • Data Center Assets are loaded from spreadsheets, auto discovery tools, or extractions from other applications
  • OpenData Asset Management Materials Catalog is used to fill in missing attributes for data center assets (power consumption, dimensions, weight, etc.)
  • Floor Maps are created in the Asset Management module or imported from Visio, CAD or other drawing tools
  • Data Center Assets are associated with their exact location and position (floor or rack)
  • Power and Network connections are documented for each asset.
  • Real-time data feeds are associated with all monitored devices
  • A virtual model of the data center is created, documenting all assets and their relationships

Features:

  • Single repository of all assets across multiple data centers
  • Automated asset discovery and tracking (including relationships and interdependencies)
  • Complete visualization of data center floors and racks
  • Auto-generation of rack elevations (front & back)
  • Virtual modeling of Moves, Adds, Changes (MAC) initiatives
  • Space reservations for future projects
  • Visualization and documentation of power and network cabling
  • Advanced search capabilities to locate assets or identify available capacity
  • Fully integrated with OpenData's infrastructure monitoring and data collection capabilities
  • Designed to support easy integration with other enterprise software applications

Advantages:

  • A single source of truth for all data center assets across multiple data centers
  • Easy to deploy and maintain, no on-site coding or programming for low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • Easy to integrate with other applications managing the data center

Benefits

  • Improves MTTR and lowers MTBF
  • Superior Capacity Planning using real data, not plate values
  • Complete lifecycle management for all data center assets

For more information on OpenData’s Asset Management capabilities, download the Asset Management Product Brief, or contact us at info@modius.com.