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DCIM-Accelerating the Data Center Spend

By CIOReview | Wednesday, August 30, 2017

There are few things that top the list when it comes to data center spending—data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software, power equipment, cabling, and racks purchase. However, upgrades of power equipment, security concerns, as well as other reinvestment projects will persist to propel data center spending for quite some time.

According to a survey published by 451 Research's Voice of the Enterprise Datacenters, the rise in the data center facility spending is expected to come from both large and medium sized organizations in North America and Europe, with healthcare and finance industries leading the spend. The exponential growth of the large colo and cloud facilities is gaining momentum in the market and is having a positive effect on the energy consumption of the data center industry.

Due to the modernization and upgrades of the data center, security concerns also fuel the data center spend in a large part by occupying the constant stream of headlines about data breaches across organizations and government agencies. With people getting more and more concerned about protecting their data, it is predicted that the data center facility spending will continue to increase as organizations look for new technologies and tools to meet the IT needs. With the increase in rack density, the data center's physical infrastructure may have lagged behind—becoming sort of forgotten piece.

DCIM gives organizations the critical capability of deciding upon their choice of hardware by analyzing the data center assets and their value per se. On the flip side, DCIM also provides the organization with a clear picture into power usage, cooling requirements, utilization, applications and overall performance. Additionally, enterprises are also given the liberty to fix their measurable goals, institute business guidelines and look into the future state for their infrastructure objectives. Organizations of the present age are seeking for ways to set practical goals and attain them without extra burden on their infrastructure and business resources. To embolden enterprises DCIM fills this gap perfectly and is here to reinvent.

Moreover, most organizations are not controlled by rack space in the on-premises data center, but may have some other power restraints. Others seemingly continue spending on enterprise data center management to achieve compliance requirements for data control; another reason maybe that the company is comfortable with handling its own IT load. It is observed that even as the organizations move calculated loads to the cloud and colocation, most enterprises still have an owned data center that best suits their needs. With hot spots emerging within the data center, organizations should determine whether the existing cooling distribution can handle these concentrated loads.

The open compute project will take lead in the commoditization of cooling and power distribution products, rack, lowering costs and supplier profits and bringing down the served available market of few channels. On the other hand, there are numerous hype’s created about the DCIM with continuous trends of enhancements into the mega-cloud data centers, the advancements of edge data by content providers. In order to unleash the true business value of DCIM, the solutions must have the ability to communicate and share the details of data with a plethora of other vendors’ systems which exist both in and out of a data center. This growth of open compute space will all conspire to change the playing field for some suppliers into the data center realm.

The result of mega consolidation is a palpable one, but the expansion of smaller edge data centers will also add to the reduction in customers. It is expected to notice a progress away from collocating in independent local colo spaces to either collocating with edge specialists those will implement their design around the country in second and third tier markets.