The need for true Data Center Infrastructure Management is gaining momentum with IT and data center managers in nearly all industries and in data centers of all sizes.
Because DCIM promises higher levels of performance, costs savings, efficiency and availability, it's time to understand how you can implement the right solution for your data center. Take a closer look at the four steps to successfully implementing a DCIM strategy.
Each step in the process delivers positive return on investment for your business.
Step 1: Data Capture and Planning
Take Control of Your IT Assets, Locations and Room Layouts
With data capture and planning capabilities, you can determine where assets are located and see how devices are interconnected. You can commission and decommission physical assets more efficiently and determine if you have the space, cooling and power to address future computing requirements.
A proper planning and management tool should include:
Device nameplate tracking
Power chain mapping
Power load modeling
Real-time power integration
Step 2: Monitor and Access
Manage Your Critical Infrastructure – IT and Physical
Put critical information at your fingertips with a solution set of hardware and software tools designed for monitoring and managing networked devices so you can obtain more control of your physical infrastructure and IT systems.
The building blocks for a comprehensive DCIM solution include:
UPS web cards
Managed rack PDUs
Auxiliary power controls
Step 3: Analysis and Diagnose
Gain Deeper Insight into Performance
Operations data enables you to have critical data at your fingertips to proactively manage and control performance for the data center. Benefits also include utilizing much more of the expensive resources you manage and improving the efficiency of cooling and power systems, thereby saving significant money for IT.
Step 4: The Future
Receive Information and Execute Decisions in Real Time
Incorporating the aforementioned tools into your operation and creating the rules for decision making and analysis set you up for the future. The next step in the evolution of DCIM is a controlled loop control system that incorporates real-time tracking and control of equipment.