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Friday, September 20, 2013

Camera AXIS dipasang di lingkungan yang keras.

Axis outdoor cameras withstand
heavy snowstorms and tropical humidity

Axis outdoor video solutions are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and to provide reliable surveillance at all times. Here you will find some of Axis surveillance cameras operating in such environments.

Sweden: Axis wireless network camera makes world record in altitude

An AXIS Q6034-E Network Camera was operating via the world’s highest wireless network while delivering high quality images to Earth. The camera was sent into the atmosphere by a stratospheric balloon from the Esrange Space Center in the north of Sweden. The camera was operating in 35 000 metres in altitude and in a temperature down to -90 º C, giving images via WLAN of 400 km.
Credit: Esrange Space Center, Sweden
Camera: AXIS Q6034-E
Press release

Sweden: 25 000 metes in altitude at a temperature of -63º C

The IP camera managed the tough conditions 25 000 m in altitude with an air pressure of 14 mbar and G-Chock of 5-10 G in 400 mS.
25 000 metes in altitude
Credit: Esrange Space Center, Sweden
Camera: AXIS P3344-VE

Germany: Extremely cold winter

The advanced PTZ dome network camera works perfectly under bitterly weather conditions on the Wendelstein Mountain, placed 1824 meters altitude.
Extremely cold winter in Germany
Credit: Wendelstein Mountain, Germany
Camera: AXIS Q6032-E

Alaska: Heavy snow storms, darkness and
temperatures down to -40ºC

Installations of the surveillance cameras are routinely done without major problems. Neither the snow nor the darkness affect the image quality of the camera. Arctic Temperature Control enables reliable video surveillance at the end of the world.
Alaska outdoor camera installation
You can be sure that the installer working in a -20ºC snow blizzard is very thankful for the out-of-the-box outdoor-ready design of Axis cameras:
“My dedicated installer was working from the sky lift in the worst conditions ever. Luckily, the installation went very smoothly and didn’t take long at all , thanks to the outdoor-ready design of AXIS Q6032-E.” says Peter Turner at CamCentral Systems, Canada. “Now we can plan for shorter installation times and offer more cost-efficient solutions. And no matter where we ship, whether it’s Alaska or New Mexico, we know that everything needed for an outdoor-proof installation – also the required tools – is included in the package from Axis.”
Credit: CamCentral Systems, Canada
Camera: AXIS Q6032-E

Hong Kong: Heavy rain and turbulent thunderstorms

The Axis network camera captures how a small tree is moved around by the strong winds.
Hong Kong outdoor camera installation
Credit: Hong Kong Observatory,
 AXIS 232D+ 

Vizag Seaport, India: Tropical savanna climate and high humidity

The surveillance cameras function well in the tough operating environment of a harbor that handles coking coal, steam coal, gypsum and other similar bulk cargo.
Vizag seaport camera installation
Credit: Vizag Seaport
Cameras: AXIS Q6032-E AXIS P1343AXIS 215 PTZ-EAXIS 233D
See also: Customer story

National Park Despeñaperros, Spain: Animal observations

The surveillance cameras deliver image quality that enables observation of wild animals such as griffon vultures without disrupting their environment.
National Park Despeñaperros camera installation
Hot summers with temperatures way above 40ºC are perfect for solar powered surveillance cameras. The installation went smoothly even in the rocky mountainous environment of the National Park.
National Park Despeñaperros camera installation
Credit: Asociación para el Desarrollo de la Campiña Norte de Jaén (PRODECAN),
Cameras: AXIS 213 PTZAXIS 214 PTZAXIS 233D
See also: Customer story

New Zealand: Solar installation in a ski area

"This Axis network camera is truly remote. In addition to being solar, the camera's link to the outside world is through a cellular 3G router we developed for use in remote areas with weak cellular coverage. It allows the images to be uploaded to the ski area's website, but it also allows me access to the camera for accessing the live video or on-going configuration of the camera, just as a standard Internet connection would", reports Greg Knowles, Snowgrass Solutions.
New Zealand outdoor camera installation
Credit: Snowgrass Solutions
Camera: AXIS 213 PTZ

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Apa itu NOC

Sekarang ini banyak perusahaan telah menggunakan infrastruktur TI secara maksimal dalam segala kegiatan operasionalnya. Oleh karena itu, umumnya mereka memerlukan adanya sistem, proses dan orang yang berkonsentrasi melakukan monitoring atas jaringan, server, aplikasi hingga helpdesk agent, semua ini biasanya terkumpul dalam satu tempat yang disebut dengan Network Operation Center, atau NOC.

Kami siap membantu keperluan pembangunan sistem NOC Anda.

AKCP SecurityProbe standar baru EMS Anda

Dear All,

The securityProbe5E is a complete environmental, access control and CCTV system designed for computer rooms. The securityProbe5E lets you monitor a wide range of sensor types including temperature, humidity, liquid, airflow and dry contact sensors. It sends over 15 different types alerts and notifications. You can connect up to 500 sensors and up to 4 cameras. Other features include computer room access control, logging of sensor data, graphs, intelligent maps, picture and sound logs, power monitoring and more...
All for the great price of $1295.00 USD.
At AKCP, we provide all our customers with unlimited support and lifetime warranty on the securityProbe units.
Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to know more about product offerings from AKCP.
Best Regards,

ITOM + ITSD dalam satu produk IT360

ITOM + ITSD dalam satu produk IT360

Tadi baru saja selesai diskusi dengan customer, salah satu concern mereka yang awalnya hanya mencari solusi IT helpdesk (istilah Gartner ITSD) berkembang menjadi ITOM (IT Operation Management).
Nah, ini yang menarik. Ternyata, dari pada hanya membeli helpdesk, kenapa tidak langsung membeli ITOM, dalam hal ini adalah IT360, fungsi nya lengkap.

ITOM (IT operations management) software

IT operations management (ITOM) software is intended to represent all the tools needed to manage the provisioning, capacity, performance and availability of the computing, networking and application environment. Gartner divides the ITOM market into 10 major segments that include DBMS, application management, availability and performance, event, fault and log management, network management, configuration management, IT services desk and IT help desk, asset management, job scheduling and other ITOM (which refers to output management software) for tools used to manage hardware peripherals, such as printers.

IT Service Desk (ITSD)

IT Service Desk (ITSD) products range from simple call tracking/trouble ticketing (aka “help desk” products) to broad suite solutions encompassing call management, incident management, problem management, IT change management, configuration/inventory repositories, request fulfillment and self-service portals. In their technical platform, ITSD products include knowledge management (knowledge search capability) and workflow engines (managing automated escalation and notification). The most-sophisticated products also may link to dominant brands of corporate portals, external workflow engines, procurement modules and HR systems, or include these as proprietary features. These products integrate with operations management systems for links to event alerts, additional inventory repositories, configuration information and remote control. Product suites must have native support for Web self-service, password automation and e-mail (“native” means that the vendor either has built its own component or has licensed an engine and built value around it). The products must integrate with a range of communications tools, from telephony components to Web chat.

Mengapa helpdesk harus mendukung multi-site support ?

Mengapa helpdesk harus mendukung multi-site support  ?

Dalam operasional helpdesk, khususnya di Indonesia, dimana menganut 3 pola jam waktu yang berbeda, maka peranan multi-site akan sangat membantu. Fitur ini dimiliki oleh ServiceDesk Plus, dimana tiap waktu dapat dianggap sebagai suatu site sendiri.

Multi Site Support

It can pose a major trouble for your help desk technicians, if your organization is spread across buildings, regions, or countries. Each business unit can function on its own organizational rules and can also have different operational hours.
When operational hours differ, the request logged from one unit may not be solved at the help desk which is at another site. In such cases the request waits in the queue until the next day for the technicians and hence further delaying the time taken to resolve each issue. The issue can be the same in cases where the public holidays are differ across sites.
ServiceDesk Plus has introduced the Multi Site Support where all these issues can be resolved. Now, your business units across all the geographic areas can have a single help desk which takes into account all the different rules and regulations of each unit.

Configure Multiple Sites for a Single Organization

Converge all IT help desks in your business units across buildings/complexes or countries, to function as a single help desk. This feature helps consolidate all the activities across your organization and streamlines the IT processes.
Multisite Model

Customize Each Business Unit

If your business units are in different locations, you can customize the holidays, departments, technicians /site associations, groups, business rules and SLA's as per the location's operational hours. Customizing each sites information will ensure that the requests logged in from each of this site are resolved as per the site's business rules and SLA's.
Helpdesk software-Customize each business unit

Categorize each site to specific time zones

Enables the requests logged in from each site to be resolved within that particular site's operational hours. This also helps the technicians working in different time zones to know the time line each request is following when resolving issues.
Helpdesk Software-Organization Details

24/7 Helpdesk

In cases where the organizations are spread across different time zones, the operational hours might differ. Issues logged in from different locations will thus follow different time lines. Technicians can be covered across different time zones in case of absence due to operational time difference, national holidays or non availability ensuring that lesser SLA's are violated.

Nagios Network Analyzer monitoring trafik dan bandwidth Anda.

Produk baru dari Nagios, yang digunakan untuk melihat network traffic dan penggunaan bandwidth.

Nagios Network Analyzer Overview

Nagios Network Analyzer provides network traffic and bandwidth information for your entire IT infrastructure. Network Analyzer ensures that systems, applications, services, and business processes are functioning properly. In the event of a security threat or unexpected bandwidth spike, Network Analyzer provides organizations with many benefits, including:
  • nagios-network-analyzer-dashboard-full-screen-thumbExtensive Network Analysis: Network Analyzer provides an in-depth look at all network traffic sources and potential security threats allowing system admins to quickly gather high-level information regarding the health of the network as well as highly granular data for complete and thorough network analysis.

  • Intuitive Design: With a powerful and intuitive web-interface, Network Analyzer is easy-to-use, while providing optimal performance and speed. Network Analyzer seamlessly integrates with our network monitoring solution, Nagios XI, allowing for the consolidation of alerts and notifications as well as maintaining a safe and secure network. Easily setup alerts and add sources with Network Analyzer's intuitive wizards with just a few clicks.

  • Network Clarity: Network Analyzer provides a central view of your network traffic and bandwidth data as well as potential network compromises. The powerful home dashboard provides an at-a-glance view of critical network flow data sources, server system metrics, and aberrant network behavior for quick assessment of network health.

  • In-Depth Insight: Network Analyzer's advanced alerting and reporting capabilities provide IT staff with superior awareness of their network. Highly granular, down-to-the-packet data can be accessed and archived for further tracking and analysis. When critical thresholds are exceeded, abnormal network activity occurs, or bandwidth restrictions are met, Network Analyzer can trigger alerts allowing Admins to start resolving issues immediately.

  • Adaptability: Create a Network Analyzer environment that reflects your network's identity. Source groups allow Admins to organize similar sources as well as apply views and queries to multiple sources simultaneously, and to your exact specifications. Additional add-on capabilities allow Network Analyzer users to push SNMP notifications to monitoring and SNMP trap management systems. Network Analyzer adapts to your existing environment for a pain-free implementation process that takes only minutes to get up and running.

  • Advanced User Management: The multi-tenant capabilities of the server and web interface allow users to view relevant infrastructure status while read-only access permissions can be specified to ensure system security allowing administrators to delegate users who can make changes to Network Analyzer data and sources.

  • Extendable Architecture: A fully accessible API provides simple integration with in-house and third-party applications for advanced customizations and adaptation to your environment. Network Analyzer can be customized to meet your exact needs and specifications and adapt when those specifications are modified.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Menggunakan tool Desktop Central untuk mendukung layanan Seat Management

Menggunakan tool Desktop Central untuk mendukung layanan Seat Management dengan metode Managed Service Provider (MSP) harus memperhatikan arsitektur sistemnya.

Desktop Central - MSP: Architecture

Desktop Central MSP is built on agent-server architecture. It provides two different options in managing customers of varied sizes.
You can choose different options for your different clients based on your need.
Desktop Cwntral MSP Architecture

Managing Directly from Central Server :

In this mode, each agent residing in your clients' desktop directly communicate with the central server. This is suitable in cases where you have very few desktops to manage. You do not need a dedicated system at your clients place for installing the distribution server.

Managing Through Distribution Server :

Consider a scenario where you have more than 10 computers at one of your clients. If each agent contact the server to download the required patches, software binaries, etc., it will cause a definite bandwidth overhead. In such cases, you can opt to install a Distribution Server in one of the computer in the clients place. The distribution server periodically synchronizes the patches and software binaries with the central server. The agents installed in the client computers will contact the Distribution Server to pull the tasks available for them and also download the patch and software binaries from the distribution server.

Tool utk bisnis outsourcing Helpdesk

Menjalankan bisnis outsourcing tapi bingung dengan tools yang akan digunakan ? Gunakan ServiceDeskPlus versi MSP.

What is ServiceDesk Plus - MSP?

ServiceDesk Plus - MSP is a web based ITIL ready, Help Desk software with integrated Asset management module built specifically for Managed Service Providers. It has been designed to handle multiple accounts in a single Help Desk so the MSPs don’t have to juggle with multiple software. It is bundled with thoughtful features like Incident Management, Account Management, Asset Management, Knowledge Base, Service Level Agreements, Remote Control Management, and Purchase and Contract Management. All these modules come in a single package at a very affordable price!


Standard - Help Desk Software
  • Account Management
  • Self-Service Portal
  • Knowledge Base
  • Multi-site Support
  • SLA Management
  • Help Desk Reports
Professional - Help Desk + Asset Management
  • Help Desk Management
  • Agent based Asset Scanning
  • Software Asset Management
  • Asset Inventory Reports
  • Purchase & Contracts Management
Enterprise - Help Desk + Asset + ITIL Ready
  • Incident Management
  • Asset Management
  • Problem Management
  • Service Catalog
  • Change Management

ManageEngine Desktop Central membuat hidup IT Admin lebih mudah

Review: ManageEngine Desktop Central

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    How to make IT Admin life easier?

    There was a time, couple of years ago, when I was looking for making my life as an IT Admin easier. I still remember how my life was complicated, year 2003, we were using Lotus Notes, every month we had to create batch scripts that were used to install updates, we have sent email with update button, to employees and were waiting for them to press magic button, then this script wrote in to a file on a file share who updated and who did not. So much time & resources used.
    Later on came WSUS, but it came with it’s own set of problems. Then with WSUS v3, things were better, but still, 3rd party apps were not supported.
    I was looking on the internet, searching and searching, I was excluding all the products that didn’t have all of information available – pricing info, screenshots, video, demo… and let me tell you, only one came to mind -ManageEngine. In that time, it was not common to have pricing and screenshots online, not to mention open demo, demo where you didn’t have to register and be later on bombarded with spam.

    What is Desktop Central?

    Desktop Central is great product that enables to have complete control over IT Systems, it’s used to scan for system vulnerabilities, patch windows and OSX with updates, patch 3rd party products (Adobe Acrobat,Flash, Java…), Deploy software (Microsoft and 3rd Party), manage mobile devices, track licences and report on almost anything. Desktop Central is a product from a company called ManageEngine, they are a maker of some of the best applications for IT, they have reached Gartner Magic Quadrant, they are trusted with more than 55.000 customers including Sony, New York Times and Duke University… And best of all they have a website with all information one requires to proceed with procurement.

    It all begins with Dashboard

    When you log in to DC, you see dashboard, here you can see: Configuration summary (were configs applied), No. of Computers by Operating system, health of your computers  - patch status …


    On this tab, you can manage and create configurations, for installing software / patches. You can see if configuration was executed or not, when it was modified, you can change configuration, export list, and you can also create configuration for power management – there are products available, and sold that do only that, manage power settings for your environment, in DC this is included in the product so no need to buy separate product.

    Patch management

    As the name implies, Patch management tab is for setting up patches. Similarly to WSUS, patches that are appropriate for your environment are listed here. You can approve, un approve, create policies… I should stress that, patches available are for both – MS and 3rd party products. What is important to know is that Mac OSX is supported, that means that you are able to patch Mac environment as well. It’s very easy to operate and you can easily see which computers are affected and can act on them. Also by creating groups: test computers, 1st wave, 2nd wave, 3 deploy to all you are able to automate deployment, you start by testing them on test computer and then gradually continue to mass deployment.

    Software deployment

    Software deployment tab is used for deploying software. It can be from Microsoft or From any other vendor. What’s really impressive is that ManageEngine is creating packages to install, they cover the most popular programs. That means that you don’t have to do anything, just click, say Skype and package will be prepared to install, you don’t have to know which install switches are necessary nor do you have to worry where to download the program. If the program is not listed in templates, you can request for your program to be included in the list. Pretty cool isn’t it? As for policies you can base policies based on Computer or User. After you confirm policy, installation is mostly done in couple of seconds on the client, if not, configuration is applied next time user logs in or computer is restarted.

    Inventory tab

    Inventory is your warehouse with the list of assets and all information that is needed. For example, you can see how many system were not scanned for information, list of computers and operating system, Licence compliance and warranty compliance, yes it lists warranty status as well. You can set Licence compliance, various alerts, manage licences and configure prohibited software. Also here you can go in to detail for computer that you need info on, let’s say that you would like to know which software is installed on computer X, you find computer, and there are several options to view
    First you see a summary of computer – hw specification, free space, logged on user, name of computer
    If you are interested in hardware, you see a list of all the components
    You can see all the software user has installed
    You can check USB devices that are connected, how long are they in use and you can even block USB devices, really useful if your policy does not prevent USB devices, but you notice that one user has virus on USB stick, you can block only that stick and prevent reconnecting it.
    in addition you can see history, what was happening with this computer, which hardware was installed, removed, when, the same applies to software.

    Mobile device management

    Mobile device management is available as an add on. It is simple to set up, even getting started guide is simple. Both IOS and Android are supported.


    Desktop Central has several tools included, most important is Remote control, it’s not Remote desktop – it’s their own solution and it works really well, let’s say that you receive a call from a customer, when checking their computer in DC, you can connect via Remote control and see the problem, you can also chat with them. Then there are system tools (actually tasks for running defrag, disk cleaner and check disk), Wake on LAN, Remote Shutdown and System manager (managing process and services – you can remotely end processes or start a service), This can really come handy, If there was an option like watch dog it would be even better (let’s say that one services is stopped every 3 hours, would it not be great to have DC restart it automatically?)


    This is my favorite feature, it seems strange, doesn’t it, reporting feature being favorite…
    Let me tell you why. You see, if your team is big, you have people for AD who are taking care of it, users, computers… But that’s not an option if your team is small, here comes DC to the rescue, you have User related reports, would you like to know which users have password never expires set? Voila, Users in Multiple groups? Users that are not part of X group – comes handy if you are looking for users that are not in global messaging group, Unused user account, inactive, disabled, expired user account…Recently logged on computers, Recently added computers, Recently created GP, Recently modified GP, Unused GP, Currently logged on users/computers, System up time reports, Configurations, patch, Inventory reports, just say what you need, report is there but if it’s not you can build one your self. Comes really handy if your company is part of IT Audit, then it’s a life saver.


    Desktop Central is Essential to every IT Admin. It has so many features built in, that it’s hard to believe that such product exist. In addition, for the price you get not only Patching/Software installation, but you also get: USB Audit to for auditing and disabling USB devices, Remote control, Power Management and Software Compliance tool – you could buy all of this as separate products or add on modules with other vendors. And if you need you can allays upgrade to MDM (need to buy licences for devices)
    Another advantage is that DC is agent based, so information that you get is accurate, I remember couple of years ago when X vendor had solution that was not agent based, when checking if Office was installed it was still reporting as installed because some registry was not deleted, with DC this won’t happen.
    I read on one forum a comment from one user about one of ME products, he said, product may be good, but they have support in India so I won’t buy it. Well, I think that I don’t care where their support is based as long as: 1. Product meets my requirement, 2. Product is cost effective, 3. Support is great, 4. New updates are coming, 5. I am able to communicate with support. I am so fed up with some Companies who are ripping off customers, mediocre support…. First they need to create good and affordable software with great support and then we can talk. Support is top notch by the way!
    DC is available in 3 versions:
    Free: All the features for 25 devices
    Standard: Remote control, reporting, MDM, Power management starts from US$ 295
    Professional: It’s basically a full version for LAN, starts from US$545
    Enterprise: Professional, plus support for proxy server in case you have multiple offices and slow link starts from US$695
    You can find more information on ManageEngine Website

    Sunday, September 15, 2013

    Mengapa kita perlu modular data center ?

    Why Consider a Modular Data Center? #DataCenter #cre #ccim

    By: Bill Kleyman
    This is the thirds article in the Data Center Knowledge Guide to Modular Data Centers series. The initial black eye for containers and the modular concept was mobility. The Sun Blackbox was seen on oil rigs, war zones and places a data center is typically not found. As an industry of large brick and mortar facilities that went to all extremes to protect the IT within, the notion of this data center in a box being mobile was not only unattractive, but laughable as a viable solution. What it did do however, was start a conversation around how the very idea of a data center could benefit from a new level of standardizing components and delivering IT in a modular fashion around innovative ideas.
    Faced with economic down-turn and credit crunches, business took to modular approaches as a way to get funding approved in smaller amounts and mitigate the implied risk of building a data center. Two of the biggest reasons typically listed for the problem with data centers are capital and speed of deployment. The traditional brick and mortar data center takes a lot of money and time to build. Furthermore, the quick evolution of supporting technologies further entices organizations to work with fast and scalable modular designs. Outside of those two primary drivers there are many benefits and reasons listed for why a modular data center approach is selected.
    • Speed of Deployment: Modular solutions have incredibly quick timeframes from order to deploy¬ment. As a standardized solution it is manufactured and able to be ordered, customized and delivered to the data center site in a matter of months (or less). Having a module manufactured also means that the site construction can progress in parallel, instead of a linear, dependent transition. Remem¬ber, this isn’t a container — rather a customizable solution capable of quickly being deployed within an environment.
    • Scalability: With a repeatable, standardized design, it is easy to match demand and scale infrastructure quickly. The only limitations on scale for a modular data center are the supporting infrastructure at the data center site and available land. Another characteristic of scalability is the flexibility it grants by having modules that can be easily replaced when obsolete or if updated technology is needed. This means organizations can forecast technological changes very few months in advance. So, a cloud data center solution doesn’t have to take years to plan out.
    • Agility: Being able to quickly build a data center environment doesn’t only revolve around the abil¬ity to scale. Being agile with data center platforms means being able to quickly meet the needs of an evolving business. Whether that means providing a new service or reducing downtime — modular data centers are directly designed around business and infrastructure agility. Where some organizations build their modular environment for the purposes of capacity planning; other organizations leverage modular data centers for their highly effecitve disaster recovery operations.
    • Mobility and Placement: A modular data center can be delivered where ever it is desired by the end user. A container can claim ultimate mobility, as an ISO approved method for international transporta¬tion. A modular solution is mobile in the sense that it can be transported in pieces and re-assembled quickly on-site. Mobility is an attractive feature for those looking at modular for disaster recovery, as it can be deployed to the recovery site and be up and running quickly. As data center providers look to take on new offerings, they will be tasked with stay¬ing as agile as possible. This may very well mean adding additional modular data centers to help support growing capacity needs.
    • Density and PUE: Density in a traditional data center is typically 100 watts per square foot. In a modular solution the space is used very efficiently and features densities as much as 20 kilowatts per cabinet. The PUE can be determined at commissioning and because the module is pre-engineered and standardized the PUE’s can be as low as 1.1–1.4. The PUE metric has also become a great gauge of data center green efficiency. Look for a provider that strives to break the 1.25 –1.3 barrier or at least one that’s in the +/- 1.2 range.
    • Efficiency: The fact that modules are engineered products means that internal subsystems are tightly integrated which results in efficiency gains in power and cooling in the module. First generation and pure IT modules will most likely not have efficiency gains other than those enjoyed from a similar con¬tainment solution inside of a traditional data center. Having a modular power plant in close proximity to the IT servers will save money in costly distribution gear and power loss from being so close. There are opportunities to use energy management platforms within modules as well, with all subsystems being engineered as a whole.
    • Disaster Recovery: Part of the reason to design a modular data center is for resiliency. A recent Market Insights Report 2 conducted by Data Center Knowledge points to the fact that almost 50% of the surveyed organizations are looking at disaster recov¬ery solutions as part of their purchasing plans over the next 12 months. This means creating a modular design makes sense. Quickly built and deployed, the modular data center can be built as a means for direct disaster recovery. For those organizations that have to keep maximum amounts of uptime, a modular architecture may be the right solution.
    • Commissioning: As an engineered, standardized solution, the data center module can be commis¬sioned where it is built and require fewer steps to be performed once placed at the data center site.
    • Real Estate: Modules allow operators to build out in increments of power instead of space. Many second generation modular products feature evaporative cooling, taking advantage of outside air. A radical shift in data center design takes away the true brick and mortar of a data center, placing modules in an outdoor park, connected by supporting infrastructure and protected only by a perimeter fence. Some modular solutions offer stacking also — putting twice the capacity in the same footprint.
    • Standardization: Seen as a part of the industrialization of data centers the modular solution is a standardized approach to build a data center, much like Henry Ford took towards building cars. Manufactured data center modules are constructed against a set model of components at a different location instead of the data center site. Standardized infrastructure within the modules enable standard operating procedures to be used universally. Since the module is prefabricated, the operational procedures are identical and can be packaged together with the modular solution to provide standardized documentation for subsystems within the module.
    • DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management): Management of the module and components within is where a modular approach can take advantage of the engineering and integration that was built into the product. Many, if not all of the modular products on the market will have DCIM or management software included that gives the operator visibility into every aspect of the IT equipment, in-frastructure, environmental conditions and security of the module. The other important aspect is that distributed modular data centers will now also be easier to manage. With DCIM solutions now capable of spanning the cloud — data center administrators can have direct visibility into multiple modular data center environments. This also brings up the ques¬tion of what’s next in data center management.
    • Beyond DCIM – The Data Center Operating System (DCOS): As the modular data center market matures and new technologies are introduced, data center administrators will need a new way to truly manage their infrastructure. There will be a direct need to transform complex data center operations into simplified plug & play delivery models. This means lights-out automation, rapid infrastructure assembly, and even further simplified management. DCOS looks to remove the many challenges which face administrators when it comes to creating a road map and building around efficiencies. In working with a data center operating system, expect the following: – An integrated end-to-end automated solution to help control a distributed modular data center design. – Granular centralized management of a localized or distributed data center infrastructure. – Real-time – proactive – environment monitoring, analysis and data center optimization. – DCOS can be delivered as a self-service automa¬tion solution or provided as a managed service.
    Enterprise Alignment
    • Rightsizing: Modular design ultimately enables an optimized delivery approach for matching IT needs. This ability to right-size infrastructure as IT needs grow enables enterprise alignment with IT and data center strategies. The module or container can also provide capacity when needed quickly for projects or temporary capacity adjustments. Why is this important? Resources are expensive. Modular data centers can help right size solutions so that resources are optimally utilized. Over or under provisioning of data center resources can be extremely pricey — and difficult to correct.
    • Supply Chain: Many of the attributes of a modular approach speak to the implementation of a supply chain process at the data center level. As a means of optimizing deployment, the IT manager directs ven¬dors and controls costs throughout the supply chain.
    • Total Cost of Ownership: – Acquisition: Underutilized infrastructure due to over-building a data center facility is eliminated by efficient use of modules, deployed as needed. – Installation: Weeks and months instead of more than 12 months. – Operations: Standardized components to sup¬port and modules are engineered for extreme-efficiency. – Maintenance: Standardized components enable universal maintenance programs. Information technology complies with various internal and external standards. Why should the data center be any different? Modular data center deployment makes it possible to quickly deploy standard¬ized modules that allow IT and facilities to finally be on the same page.