Authors Intel® Data Center Manager Intel Executive Summary In almost every respect, the world is speeding up. For businesses this is reflected in the demand for real time data. Look at the trends that will power the next generation of business innovation: AI, IoT, and 5G are driving a surge in data production that, according to Gartner, could see more than 7.5 billion ...connected devices in use in enterprises by 2020. Whether it’s managing operations on the edge, implementing AI-driven processes, or adopting greener management tactics, there is no doubt companies are hungry for what’s new and next. But with these trends comes complexity made even more difficult by a lack of staff or multiple edge and distributed IT sites. A recent study of 250 IT decision makers, including IT director/IT manager/sys admins, data center managers, application engineers, operations managers, and systems engineers in the US and UK reveals that it’s hard enough to collect data currently, and as things continue to move to the edge and data becomes even more critical, it will only get more difficult. White Paper | The Modern Data Center: Supporting IoT Edge, and Big-Data Generated Information From five to 50 plus remote locations increase IT challenges Data center managers are in a difficult position: They are expected to do more than ever, including protecting rapidly expanding volumes of data and a growing number of mission-critical applications, managing a growing number of remote locations, and implementing a variety of emerging eco business initiatives. Gone are the days of having a dedicated staff at remote sites which run local services and applications, with 59 percent of respondents are managing more than five remote locations and 19 percent are managing 50 plus. Most organizations are moving a small number of servers into a remote location to process larger workloads closer to the problem. Looking more closely, organizational size plays into the number of remote locations. Small organizations tend to have fewer remote servers to manage and larger organizations have more. The challenge of having multiple, remote sites combined with a lack of trained on-site staff makes it critical that IT teams have access to the right tools that can help improve control, decrease cost and gain better access to data. HOW MANY REMOTE LOCATIONS ARE YOU MANAGING? % 8 1% 1 2% 1 9% 1 9% 2 1% 2 1-5 6-25 26-50 51-100 101+ None White Paper | The Modern Data Center: Supporting IoT Edge, and Big-Data Generated Information Almost half of respondents are challenged to collect data Today, many data centers are maxed out in power capacity and poor thermal design leads to hot spots that limit rack loading. These constraints make getting insights into power and thermal monitoring, data center health and energy efficiency, as well capacity planning critical to IT administrators. That’s why 87 percent of respondents are collecting data from the IT, power, and cooling assets in their data center and nearly four-fifths (79 percent) of respondents are performing efficiency-focused analytics on their data center. Immediate alerting for component failure, and nightly reporting on drive capacity, and component health trending data for predictive analytics is crucial. While 62% of the respondents use a Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution, and 67% of the respondents built their own analysis tools to review the collected data, 40% of the respondents indicated it is somewhat Read the full Cloud Data Center Data Center Infrastructure Management The Modern Data Center: Supporting IoT Edge, and Big Data-Generated Information white paper.