DCIM: Data Center Infrastructure Management

The challenges data center operators face when it comes to space and power, along with the enormous complexity of managing a large data center, have given rise to a new category of tools called Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM). DCIM has been the hot topic at many of the recent data center events and conferences. This white paper from Raritan does an excellent job of explaining the many facets of Data Center Infrastructure Management, and the benefits of a DCIM solution.

Once properly deployed, a comprehensive DCIM solution provides data center managers with clear visibility of all data center assets along with their connectivity and relationships to support infrastructure –
networks, copper and fiber cable plants, power chains and cooling systems. DCIM tools provide data center operators with the ability to identify, locate, visualize and manage all physical data center assets, provision new equipment and confidently plan capacity for future growth and/or consolidation. These tools can also help control energy costs and increase operational efficiency.

Gartner predicts that DCIM tools will soon become the mainstream in data centers, growing from 1% penetration in 2010 to 60% in 2014. This document reviews some important data center infrastructure management issues. It also takes a look at how a DCIM product can provide data center managers with the insight, information and tools they need to simplify and streamline operations, automate data center asset management, optimize space, power, cooling and staff. In the end you’ll learn how DCIM can help reduce costs, project data center capacities to support future requirements and even extend data center life. Yeah it’s that helpful…click here to down this white paper on DCIM.

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About the Author

Kevin Normandeau, is a veteran of the technology publishing industry having worked at a variety of technology sites including PC World; AOL Computing; Network World; Geek.com and International Data Group (IDG). Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. When he is not in front of the computer (which is most of the time) he likes to get out to ski, hike and mountain bike.

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