Data Centers

Data Center Skills in High Demand in 2022

As modern data centers grow increasingly complex and distributed, data center technology and infrastructure can become more difficult to manage, and it becomes harder for IT decision-makers to find qualified candidates. According to Uptime Institute, 50% of data center owners and operators are struggling to find qualified candidates. In recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated industry trends such as remote data center management, deepening the already severe data center skills gap.

Model Library Update for January 2022

Sunbird’s Models Library release for January is now available: Version 3.148. Download and update to Version 3.148 to get all the most recent model data! Sunbird’s Models Library simplifies your data center asset management. The library includes detailed information—such as U space, dimensions, weight, power ports, and data ports—for over 40,000 models across over 450 manufacturers.

Top 10 Data Center Management Trends of 2021

What a difference a year makes. Each year, data center, lab, and edge sites become more complex, more distributed, and more difficult to manage. Managers must stay up to date on the latest trends and advancements in data center management best practices and technologies to maintain uptime, increase the efficiency of capacity utilization, and improve the productivity of people.

How Leading Data Center Managers Track and Manage Parts

Data center managers often struggle to accurately track and manage their data center parts inventory. Legacy management tools like Excel spreadsheets are commonly used, but they fail to support the complexity and distributed nature of modern data center environments. They are hard to use, difficult to maintain, time-consuming, and error-prone.

8 Simple Ways to Enhance Your Data Center Busway Deployment

Modern data centers and labs are growing in density and complexity as IT devices require more and more power to racks. As such, many data center and lab managers deploy overhead busways for their reduced installation costs and better flexibility, scalability, reliability, and aesthetics. However, without a software solution to monitor and manage your busways, you likely aren’t getting the full value out of them.

Sunbird Wins Datacenter Insider's Datacenter Innovations Award

We are proud to share that Sunbird was recognized by Datacenter Insider as silver award winner in the Datacenter Innovations category in their 2021 IT Awards. According to Datacenter Insider, this year's IT Awards received a record 64,000 reader votes. Datacenter Insider's readers were able to choose from one of the nominated companies available for selection as their favorite by online voting and were able to suggest other companies as well.

5 Ways to Automate Data Center Operations

Data center automation is the process in which routine processes of data center operations are completed without any manual effort. It increases operational efficiency, improves data accuracy, and simplifies data center management. One of the leading organizations in driving automation via integration with Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software is Workday. Workday has been a Sunbird customer for over five years and currently has 900+ users on their system and growing.

How to Install Environment Sensors in Data Center Containment

Data center managers are tasked with increasing energy efficiency to improve data center sustainability and save money. One of the best practices to increase data center energy efficiency is to implement data center containment. Data center containment is a highly effective way of managing airflow, increasing efficiency, and reducing wasteful energy costs. It is the separation of cold supply air from cooling equipment from the hot exhaust air from IT equipment.

Data Center Automation: 15 Best Practices

Automating data center tasks to increase operational efficiency is a primary goal for most data center professionals, but it can be a struggle. Professionals who have used legacy data center management tools like first-generation Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software, Excel, and Visio can attest to the fact that they are time-consuming, difficult to maintain, and inaccurate.

3 Real-World Use Cases of Driving Data Center Automation via Integration

Data center managers are increasingly looking for ways to automate tasks to save time and improve data accuracy. In our recent Automation Workshop webinar, data center experts from eBay, MacStadium, and the University of Chicago shared their real-world use cases and insights on how they use APIs and integration to drive automation in their data centers.