How Do You Know How Much Your Workload Should Cost You? DCIM Offers Data Transparency

Nov 29, 2017
by Josh Anderson

SANTA CLARA, CA – Jad Jebara is president and CEO of Tuangru, a next-generation data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software provider. He previously served as senior vice president of finance and administration at Peer 1 Hosting (now Cogeco Peer 1), where he was responsible for finance, supply chain and IT. A Fulbright Scholar, he holds a Masters in Professional Accounting with a concentration in Information Management from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Bachelors of Commerce from Birzeit University. At CapRE’s recent Northern California Data Center Operations, Engineering and Architecture Workshop in Santa Clara, Jad joined Green Mountain Data Centers’ Svein Hagaseth to provide a keynote presentation about innovative uses of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) platforms. Below is the fourth story covering his remarks.

Jad Jebara, CEO and President – Tuangru

How many CEOs are told to move their workloads to Amazon because it’s cheaper? A lot. But how do they know it’s cheaper? That is the central question Jad Jebara wanted his audience to think about, as he explained to them the strengths of Tuangru’s innovative Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Platform.

“Do you know the cost of every workload you have in your data center?? he asked. “And how it compares to Amazon and Azure? This has to do with data transparency. Simplistically, what we promise to deliver to our customer is one thing – visibility. And we define visibility on four levels. You have visibility on a financial level. You know how much things cost for CapEx and OpEx. You know how much things cost from a power perspective, network perspective, software perspective, and you know who owns it. And if that percent changes, who should that ownership change to?”

Secondly, Jebara pointed to operation and utilization. “It’s no longer efficient to download a file from Amazon that says here is your charge back based on what instances are available for you, or here is a chargeback based on what has been deployed for you,” Jebara offered. “You need to be able to look at it and say, here is your chargeback and here is your utilization for that. 20% of your assets are utilized at 80% and the rest have no utilization – CPU, memory, network.”

“What can you do about that?” he asked. “Then, take it to the next level to have it automated to continuously optimize or move workloads. Third, infrastructure and capacity, which a lot of data center operators struggle with. Where should I place my assets? How many racks should I deploy? Where do I have contiguous space? Etc etc.”

That visibility, on the financial, operational, infrastructure and technology sides, once you have that information, as a decision maker, regardless of whether you’re an enterprise or data center operator or multi-tenant data enter, now you have a baseline,” continued Jebara.

“And once you have a baseline, you can start comparing,” he concluded. “That’s really the premise of the key tools that you need. And so in order to achieve that, we expanded the definition of DCIM. DCIM needs to be able to manage IT infrastructure. You need to think on-prem, you need to think cloud, you need to think edge, you need to think of the I as infrastructure. Regardless of wherever it is, it’s where your workloads reside.”

Check out the previous installations of this joint keynote address, below:

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