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Manage Data Center Complexity

| May 12, 2014 | Reply

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Manage Data Center Complexity

Companies today are stressed to reduce costs in all areas of business while trying to improve productivity and performance.  Data centers are not exempt from this and incur ever increasing complexity as new technologies are constantly being deployed to support new business services.  To manage this complex environment, most data center operators use a mix of proprietary databases, monitoring systems, custom-built software, manual processes and desktop applications like Microsoft Excel and Visio.

These ad-hoc data center management tools may work for a specific point task but often these tools do not effectively work together to resolve common and often complex issues, such as figuring out where there is capacity to roll out new servers, finding stranded power capacity, or something as basic as having a clear understanding of what assets you have in a data center.

DCIM software provides data center operations managers with the ability to identify, locate, visualize, and manage all physical data center assets, quickly provision new equipment, and confidently plan capacity for future growth.  DCIM tools can also help control energy costs, improve data center design, and increase operational efficiency.  Implementing a Data Center Infrastructure Management solution provides data center operations managers and their companies with significant operational and cost-saving benefits, today and into the future.

The benefits of a DCIM solution can be found in time savings, people productivity, and cost savings.  Employees no longer need to be on-site to identify what assets are in the data center and what space, power and cooling is available.  Data Center Managers can have access to accurate data in real time at a click of a button.  Understanding asset details and their physical power and network connections enables highly accurate capacity planning, down to the single port or 1 rack U level.  Critical path capacity points are automatically and easily identified, reducing risks of failures.  Reservations, moves, adds, and changes are accomplished with ease.  Employee productivity and moral dramatically increases as processes and workflows are implemented to ensure high quality changes
in the data center.

In his report, “Datacenter Infrastructure Management Software: Monitoring, Managing and Optimizing the Datacenter,” Andy Lawrence summed up the impact of DCIM by saying “We believe it is difficult to achieve the more advanced levels of datacenter maturity, or of datacenter effectiveness generally, without extensive use
of DCIM software

Here are some specific examples of before and after DCIM software.

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