How to Sharpen Your Data Center Intelligence

Ciaran_Forde_headshot2 Ciaran Forde November 17, 2014

DataCenterIntelligenceThe human mind is an extraordinary instrument for knowledge and insight. Keeping the mind sharp requires exercising its critical thinking ability. In fact, there are several products on the market to help exercise the mind and keep a good sharp focus. Some of these products come in a pill form and some are games or puzzles. Believe it or not your data center, like the mind, can lose its focus and lack a true understanding as to what it needs to function at its best.

When designing, building and managing a data center, today's data center owners and operators must ask the question, “Are the technology products I'm working with as smart as I need them to be?”

Real intelligence requires an open, collaborative approach with a focus on interconnectivity. It must include a deep understanding of the interdependencies between devices and systems that reside within one of the most complex interconnected entities on earth – the modern data center.

What can you do to achieve a more intelligent data center? The answer lies in the tools, or products, available today that can help make your data center sharper and more intelligent. These include data center infrastructure management (DCIM), intelligent connectivity management, “smart” modular data centers and intelligent lighting.

I will be presenting about these solutions at the upcoming 2014 Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference in Las Vegas on December 4, 2014 at 3 p.m. PST in room Titian 2304. My presentation, “How Smart Is Your Data Center?” will explain how the power of intelligence is the power to turn data into actionable information that drives informed decision making.

I might even install some mind exercises on my laptop to occupy my time on the flight over. After all, I want to be as sharp as possible when giving a presentation on intelligence.

I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.

About the Author


Ciaran Forde

Ciaran Forde is vice president of Global Data Center Business for CommScope. With over 20 years experience in the telecommunications, networking and cabling industry, Mr. Forde brings a wealth of technological and management expertise to the SYSTIMAX® business. He joined the Lucent Technologies SYSTIMAX business in 1998, with responsibility for Engineering and Product Management in the region, before progressing to the role of regional account director in 2001.

Mr. Forde assumed sales responsibility for Middle East, Pakistan and Africa in 2006 and was appointed vice president of sales for EMEA in 2011 before taking his new role at the start of 2014. He balances commercial responsibilities with a keen interest and expertise in the more technical aspects of communications and is a frequent speaker at industry events as well as a regular commentator in the print media on a variety of topics at events around the globe.

Mr. Forde holds a bachelor’s of science in physics and an MBA from Kingston University and Business School (London).