FNT Software, Colt Data
Centre Services Partner Up
January 26, 2017
the companies successfully deployed a DCIM implementation project
powered by FNT Command. Over the course of six months, FNT and Colt
implemented the FNT Command DCIM solution across all of Colt’s 22 data
centres in Europe. The implementation process was then replicated across
Colt Data Centre Service’s Asian data centres, bringing an additional
seven locations online with DCIM functionality.
FNT Command provided
a centralized management and optimization solution that now supports all
colocation facilities. The quick implementation was the result of a very
structured process between the companies. It included a comprehensive
analysis of bespoke systems that were replaced by FNT Command, as well
as current and planned processes that needed improvements.
“We did not simply need a DCIM solution to manage our data centres, but
a more comprehensive solution, with which we could answer both our own
and our customers’ short and long term requirements,” stated Romain
Tranchant, Operational Systems Manager at Colt Data Centre Services.
“This large-scale system helps people throughout our organization and
our customer base to work together more efficiently, as they all share
the same data set and thereby improve process efficiency.”
The partnership allows both parties to work together to address some of
the current challenges in delivering services in a colocation context.
FNT and Colt Data Centre Services share their respective knowledge on
how to implement a new software both technically and organizationally.
“Through the early conversations we had, it was very clear, that Colt
DCS was an interesting party for FNT to work with,” said Soeren Juul
Schroeder, Vice President UK/Ireland & Nordics/Baltics at FNT Software.
“Colt DCS knew what they wanted, but also where they wanted to see
efficiencies. The partnership has already provided FNT with unique
insights into the daily life of a leading colocation provider, and
consequently, resulted in many improvements to the FNT offer for that
we initially decided to look for a DCIM solution, we found the market to
be very disappointingly covered, seeing from the perspective of a
colocation provider,” Tranchant adds. “All solutions were focused on
assets in racks and the main reason for partnering with FNT was the fact
that they were willing to work with us from the perspective of a
FNT also provided tailored software trainings and shared expert
knowledge to support the ambitious project plan.
“The most influencing factor for the project’s success were weekly
champions meetings requesting decisions to be made in order to ensure
continued progress and allowing all stakeholders to provide input and
share learnings,” Tranchant stated.
As part of this implementation, FNT and Colt are developing an
industry-specific solution. A new customer-facing portal is already in
development, which will allow Colt DCS to deliver value-add services to
their customers in a highly professional manner.