DCIM expert Nlyte Software has made an agreement with DATA4, a European specialist in the design, construction and operation of ultra-secure data centres, to provide real-time information on its data centre infrastructure, reduce operational risks, and provide value-added services for colocation customers. With Nlyte, DATA4 will progress its vision to be the global leader in colocation services, it is claimed.
DATA4 manages flexible, high-performance, carrier- and cloud-neutral data centres, offering solutions from one colocation rack all the way through to purpose-built, dedicated facilities. The group currently operates 15 data centres in France, Italy and Luxembourg, with a total net technical area of 27,000m² of IT rooms, and more than 39MW of IT power.
To increase the transparency and value of services to DATA4’s end users, the company wanted to ‘open the black box’ of the data centre and show customers a real-time view of its assets. At the same time, DATA4 will increase its own efficiencies and widen its service offering. Nlyte’s solutions will be connected to the various building management system (BMS) and DATA4’s other internal systems without any interruption of services, via its open architecture.
Nlyte management believes that in this competitive market, data centre providers must increase the value to customers beyond secure reliable colocation facilities and broaden service offerings. The days of providing ‘just facilities’ are gone. The new partnership will provide DATA4 customers greater value by offering them software as a service to improve efficiencies, agility and transparency. Nlyte will assist DATA4 in gaining a clear understanding of capacity planning, exceed SLAs, and develop business benefits. This project will see users move away from manual processes and recording to smooth, automated and real-time operations for managing their complete infrastructure.
Customers are demanding more and can no longer manage their infrastructure with Visio drawings or spreadsheets, often hopelessly out of date by the time they are seen. Customers often don’t have just one data centre, they have several, using colocation, the public cloud, and on-premise. This partnership will offer the right tools to reduce risk and costs by monitoring what happens in their IT infrastructure, whether in colocation, cloud, or their own facilities – remotely, in real-time.
“With Nlyte we aim to transform the services customers expect from their data centre partners and give real-time transparency and decision-making analysis, on demand. Nlyte’s robust solution with DATA4’s leading services will enable our customers to be more agile, better informed, and increase efficiency,” explained Jérôme Totel VP, Product Development & Sales Engineering at DATA4 Group.
“We are integrating Nlyte into all our European data centres. Our objective is to ensure 100 percent continuity of service during the integration across our fifteen data centres; a seamless integration is very important,” he added.
To help ensure a smooth rollout of the complete solution, the partnered Straton IT, a leading French based system integrator who will be the preferred service provider for deployment. Its knowledge and experience with IT projects will allow DATA4 quickly to deploy the solution throughout all its data centres across Europe.
Nlyte claims it was the first to deliver an industry benchmark for DCIM that helps organisations around the world manage infrastructure in their own data centres, colocation, and managed service facilities. Nlyte’s solution goes beyond managing infrastructure to empower infrastructure personnel to perform their job functions more efficiently – all while synchronising information and activities to other systems that depend on accurate physical infrastructure information.