Adopting the Best Data Centre Infrastructure Management Tool

By CIOReview | Thursday, October 6, 2016
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With the increase in data transfer and storage requirements, data centers enlarged in their volume, complexity, and density, making it more sophisticated to mange. Then came Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) into the picture offering better efficiency and optimized management capabilities. The DCIM tools combine the ability of locating infrastructure assets with the efficient management of space, power, cooling, and data center cable management solutions.

Even though several tools are available in plenty, for a comprehensive and reliable data center management, adopting the right tool from the right vendor based on the organizations data centre capabilities is significant. An efficient DCIM tool will be able to monitor, calculate, and administer the data center operation and power utilization of all IT equipments including the infrastructural components.

The Technology Insight

During the past, DCIM was incomplete due to the lack of technology and combined solutions making it a tough task to efficiently manage applications and hardware components in a data center facility. Later with the evolution in IT, DCIM also developed and flooded with applications merging almost all the hardware and software component in the Data Centre. A full DCIM tool for an organization involves the combined versions of specialized software, and sensors, to manage an infrastructure. A fully functional DCIM solution should capably manage millions of devices comprising Servers, Memory devices, Cooling systems, and Power Systems.

The DCIM solution today offers numerous potentials that include asset management, inventory tracking, scheduling and planning, capacity monitoring, and simulation to predict the future of the data centre capabilities.  These solutions are better focused on the day-to-day processes of the data center like the ability to monitor, control, and coordinate many of the deployed devices in the data center across various device types and vendors.

Benefits

As always, the right solution from the right vendor can optimize the overall performance, and efficiency resulting in increased business value and productivity.

DCIM Supports:

Tracing, visualizing, and efficient overall management of all the resources within an entire data centre infrastructure in a single dashboard.
• Completely automated commissioning of new equipments, reducing manual tasks like-on foot inspection of the facility to identify replacements
• Automated planning of upgrades based on the current load and the ability to forecast the capacity of the system while upgraded
• Reduced energy consumption, overall expenses, and carbon footprint by efficient and fully professional management
• Align IT to the needs of the business and maintain the alignment, however the business requirements change or grow

Adopting the Right Tool

Due to the rapid growth of IT, there is no scarcity for any organizational applications today, which is why DCIM tools are also plenty in the market. Since all Data Centers are unique in their infrastructure and devices, not all the applications can serve the needs efficiently, making it significant to select the right tool. While choosing the exact tools, even though initial investments might be high, remember that in the long run, the ROI will be in favor of the company.  Take a look at the following tips that can be of good assistance while choosing a tool.

• Assessing the Needs:

Before purchasing any DCIM tool, analyze and assess the company data centre infrastructure and understand the requirements of the facility.

• Product Comparison:

Compare the product or the services offered with the requirements of the organizations Data center management.

• Decision Making:

Choose the product according to the assessments of the datacenter requirements.

As the analysis proceeds, the focus on the most valuable requirements will be visible enough to make the decision. Understanding the ultimate information requirements to professionally administer the data center is the key to decide the right DCIM solution.

Even though DCIM is a relatively new set of solutions representing the rising class of IT role in infrastructure solutions, it is gaining fast popularity among the organizations. According to Gartner, the new solutions will quickly become the mainstream, growing from 1 percent penetration of data centers in 2010 to 85 percent in 2017. With more than 75 vendors, the rapid evolution of the DCIM is assisting to the creation of several associated data center performance management solutions. The global data center infrastructure management market 2016-2020 report says growing adoption of containerized data centers will be a key trend in the near future.