A high-availability data center has many different components that must be synchronized in order to smoothly and successfully operate. Keeping every component healthy, efficient and secure is imperative to achieve optimal performance while remaining within budget.
Our team of data center experts can help you accomplish all of this (and more) by assessing, monitoring, securing and refreshing your data center environment to your specific requirements.
GAVS end-to-end data center assessments services include a review of your existing data center’s reliability and points of failure, as well as a review of growth, floor space, power and cooling needs to comply with those thoughts.
We believe that each data center is unique and that any data center assessment needs to be customized. We will assess and evaluate your IT inefficiencies, then optimize and tune up performance to support new business objectives. Our Assessment Approach/Tools helping in ensuring your projects succeed includes but is not limited to
- Server Assessments
- Desktop Assessments
- Data Storage Assessments
- Network Assessments and many more
Basic Elements of Assessment
Datacenter assessments can be broken down into following areas of analysis but our services are customized to each business and there is no fixed assessment template. Depending on the individual business needs and requirements, companies can customize their assessment process accordingly.
IT infrastructure assessment
The most important data center assessment involves
- Architecture and scalability concerns: Hardware, software & virtual environment IT integration and management, access rights, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity considerations, pricing etc.
- Digital transformation essential elements, budgets and business expectations: Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, Machine Learning, etc.
- End user functionality: capacity planning, real time data polling, unified dashboard, reporting and analytics, dependency mapping, intelligent monitoring and alerting etc.
- Vendor strength: Reputation, end-to-end IT management organization skills etc.
Current and future technology trends mandate that the communications infrastructure is flexible and scalable. The review includes communication cable plant pathways to and from the data center and on to the raised floor. It may also include the LAN/SAN core routing/switching architecture, suitability to support existing and future server and storage technology, cable routing, power and cable management, configuration of existing equipment racks and cabinets, air flow management, etc.
The data center site is evaluated to identify vulnerabilities and characteristics that may impact its operations. Settings such as building access, proximity to adjacent hazards such as rivers, rail lines, and airports are just a few of the site considerations that impact a data center.
Physical (Mechanical, Electrical) assessment
Physical equipments are the foundation on which the data center operates. Without proper assessment of the hardware, its life expectancy, maintenance schedules and repairs, customers will likely overshoot the projected timelines and end up in cost overruns.
Mechanical systems subject to review include cooling and temperature/humidity control, building automation/controls, plumbing/drainage systems, air distribution/ventilation, space pressurization control, fire suppression, battery room ventilation, etc.
All critical electrical systems are evaluated, including electrical power monitoring, grounding, fire alarm, security/access control, critical and standby power generation and distribution, transient voltage surge etc.
Future Scope/Plan Assessment
Assessments are usually centered around questions like how much space, power, or cooling is requires? But they usually overlook the fact that budget constraints are a major road block for data center optimization. The real question is this: What platforms and technologies will be deployed to support the IT goals over the life of the facility, and how much space and power is required to support these platforms? Considering the size of the capital investment, it is unwise to proceed with a facility upgrade without a firm basis for the plan.
Companies intent on improving and optimizing their datacenter can leverage GAVS technical and operational expertise for a thorough assessment. The key outcomes of this process are
Data Center Insights
Organizations will get a holistic and insightful view into their datacenter. They can select the infrastructure and applications to evaluate and GAVS will assess them to give a comprehensive report on:
- Overview of the systems, current vendors, memory usage
- Usability capacity
- Server utilization and backup
- Virtualization performance etc.
Findings and Recommendations
The data center’s infrastructure design, configuration and installations may have been probably appropriate when the equipment was originally installed but changing technology and business needs may have made the system less than optimal. Increased attention on the data center is also driving the need for greater flexibility balanced against high availability and the lowest total cost of ownership. As a result, data center modernization is imperative for organizations to run an efficient and effective smooth datacenter.
The outcome of the assessment is a set of objectives, actionable recommendations for risk mitigation and remediation to close any gaps and align your site’s infrastructure and operations with business requirements and industry best practices. The assessment gives the what, why, who, when and how to improve your data center.
Quick and Simple
GAVS has a team of expert and certified consultants who have assessed enterprise-grade data center facilities. Using our data center assessment services, we bring our industry expertise directly to you, resulting in a fast and comprehensive assessment of your facility’s infrastructure, mechanical systems and operations protocols.