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Data centre management: The battle for control
This article is part of the IT in Europe issue of February 2011
Data centre networks are more important than ever, but in the battle for control over data centre management, network managers have lost their voice. Now they must regain a stronger decision-making role by showing how their technology can enhance the enterprise’s overall business strategy. Currently, facilities management (FM) teams and other IT organisation factions (namely storage and server teams) each believe they should have the upper hand in data centre decision making -- and they have different perspectives. “Facilities tend to look only at the building, power and cooling, and don't really give a rat’s bottom about the IT equipment inside. The network manager or IT director has the opposite problem -- the kit is everything and the building is just the shell it all goes in,” said Clive Longbottom, principal analyst at Quocirca. “If [facilities managers] say that no more power can be delivered or that there is not enough cooling, then who can argue? The pure IT players believe that the world revolves around them -- after ...
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