Complexity! A term, which is relevant across any field—both in the physical and non-physical world. Complexity is common in all walks of life and as professionals within our respective fields, we evaluate complex systems and develop resolutions to simplify things and gain control.
Complex systems are mainly characterized by specific time-dependent interactions among their many constituents. Consequently, they often manifest costly, non-trivial and unexpected behavior.
What can datacenter infrastructure management learn from the human brain?
The human brain, for example, has 100 billion neurons, each neuron is connected to 10 thousand other neurons. Sitting on our shoulders is the most complex object in the known universe.
If one neuron is damaged, the necessary signal would not be passed to the central nervous system, crippling some of your abilities. More often than not, one does not realize when a neuron or a cell in our bodies is damaged unless a major dysfunction is visible.
This is how a datacenter environment functions as well, a minor network bottleneck could cripple a specific business function and so identifying where the bottleneck is in real time becomes critical.
Growing pressure on your datacenter infrastructure
In today’s world, digitalization is leading to data explosion, and hence it is needless to say that datacenters are synonymous to ‘endless complexities’. And here complexities or chaos can invariably lead to downtime, which further leads to business incompetencies if one is not prepared to handle it.
A struggle every CIO deals with when they think about prioritizing adoption of the latest, strategic technologies like Artificial Intelligence—driving automation of processes to obtain competitive advantages and be the first mover in the industry.
However, are you ready to adopt these technologies without disrupting your daily business operations?
Taming the complexity of software-defined infrastructure management
To achieve this, IT Managers are often tasked with moving towards a software-defined approach. The concept of virtualization has surely helped organizations overcome the under-utilization of resources.
However, most often it ends up being chaotic management of datacenters, with each component using individual vendor-specific software in a heterogeneous environment. This means a lot of time and effort is used in identifying bottlenecks, performance issues, maintenance requirements, etc. which then leads to business downtime.
Do you have control over your distributed datacenter operations?
Simplify your operations with Fujitsu Software Infrastructure Manager
One of the things Fujitsu strives to help customers with is simplifying operations. This is precisely what FUJITSU Software Infrastructure Manager (ISM) does.
ISM provides a converged view of the distributed datacenter environment through “a single pane of glass”, enabling:
- 23 times faster troubleshooting*
- 90% reduction in firmware updates time and cost* with ISM providing agile software with unified firmware management across all datacenter components
- 50% reduction in power consumption with a group power capping feature in ISM*
All of this effectively reduces downtime and increases customer response time. Check out the ISM video for an overview.
Fujitsu just released the ISM V2.3, which introduces lots more performance tracking parameters, helping identify bottlenecks in a jiffy.
One of the key features which has been shared by customers as being very useful is obtaining end-to-end visibility for network connections or traffic maps. Clearly showing a converged view of servers, storage, disk shelf, fiber channels and networking device connections makes it easy to identify suspicious parts and bottlenecks.
Customers can further analyze physical and virtual network statuses by destination, and detect performance issues relating to traffic, packet loss, or latency. There have been a lot more enhancements incorporated, for more information, go through the ISM datasheet.
* Based on Fujitsu internal testing, 2017 in comparison to siloed software solution