Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) allows enterprises to monitor and manage all critical infrastructures like IT and facilities from a central location. This ensures datacenter teams to have a comprehensive visibility into various modules within the datacenter thus adding a business atmosphere to run these data centers efficiently while managing the costs and ensuring that the skills of people are effectively utilized.
DCIM collects and maintains accurate data of the datacenter’s assets and provides clear information and reports to manage the capacity of the businesses. Datacenter operation managers can identify, locate, visualize and manage all physical data center assets – servers, cabinets, storage, power, network devices and cooling as well as their connectivity.
With the help of DCIM, datacenter managers can simply provision new equipment, improve productivity, measure and reduce energy costs and confidently plan capacity for future growth.
What Does Data Center Infrastructure Management Do?
A unified Data Center Infrastructure Management solution can be extended across 3 verticals:
- Data Center Environment: DCIM consists of power and cooling systems which also includes other infrastructures like cabinets, servers, sensors and racks.
- Capacity and Inventory: DCIM includes space management of the datacenter and modes of delivery. It also includes cabling, networking, security, fire extinguishing units and lighting.
- Business Critical IT Management: DCIM gives a complete visibility into IT management by providing the correlation between various infrastructures while the business critical application passes across them.
DCIM is an end-to-end offering covering design, strategy, implementation, assessment and run that enables datacenter managers to have a holistic view of their entire datacenter. DCIM cuts the costs, gives you real-time information and controls your datacenter, enabling a number of promising results as given below:
- Rationalize All Hardware: This action would help with asset and inventory management. It also provides a clear picture of the machine being used effectively. Rationalization can lower the cost of maintenance, support charges and lower energy costs.
- Consolidates Data Center Sites: The datacenter sites typically range from large, complex to small machine rooms. DCIM gets rid of redundant IT assets, maintenance, software, support and disaster recovery contracts. DCIM saves up to 5-10% of the overall datacenter budget.
- Manages, Saves Energy and Facilitates Costs: DCIM manages energy and facilities costs by raising the temperature of the data center to reduce the level of cooling required. It reduces the infrastructure and power costs. DCIM helps the datacenter operators to plan everything according to actual power usage. It also collects, examines and processes key energy consumption of data.
- Virtualization: Hardware virtualization improves the operational efficiency as well as it supports consolidation, decommissioning and cost management applications. It translates into lower operating costs, less-expensive maintenance and support. It is a good way to control energy costs. DCIM can reduce the server energy consumption and floor space.
- Risk Management and compliance: Increase in operational transparency leading to informed decisions on changes like scenario planning based on real-time data.
- Prevents Disaster: Infrastructure management prevents IT failures through correlations between energy, IT and cooling systems’ behaviour and has the ability to respond quickly to potential problems.