Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM), a space within the global IT infrastructure market, is still relatively young. DCIM includes many tools that allow organizations to track, control, monitor, and manage various resources in their data centers.
DCIM tools can also be used to manage the energy consumption of various components within a data center.
These tools give data center managers actionable insights. They can use the insights and information they have gathered to streamline IT operations and devise resource optimization strategies that will apply to the space, digital systems, and cooling systems as well as the human resources.
DCIM penetration was only 1% in 2010. A Gartner report shows that DCIM penetration was about 1% in 2010. This is due to the ever-growing demand for more powerful and advanced IT applications across all industry verticals. DCIM penetration is expected to reach 60% by 2014.
Data Collection A DCIM solution must have one repository that can store all information, such as the sites of physical assets, including racks and HVAC/power equipment, and data center layouts. In real-time.
Seamless integration: Datacenter facilities may have power, storage, and circuit equipment made by different vendors. DCIM tools should allow seamless integration of all these components.
Process-Driven Change Control: It is essential that DCIM tools are able to manage everyday maintenance and change control well in order for data centers to be successful. The core of all DCIM solutions is a software application.
When choosing an IT partner to provide DCIM, the management of an organization shouldn't consider the initial capital required as a guide. These costs are insignificant when compared to the long-term benefits.