Running the traditional data center involves the disparate management of key silos such as networking, servers, storage, databases, power distribution, and cooling. Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) is a technology that unifies these critical functions.
DCIM makes it possible to manage the data center as an integrated whole, not just one layer at a time. This big picture view is crucial to managing capacity and reducing energy costs.
In this whitepaper CITO research provides a well presented discussion and begins by highlighting the top drivers for unification; excessive energy costs, poor overall data center utilization (power, cooling, space), business process inefficiencies and growing government regulations.
This paper presents a clear and concise explanation of key energy management measures, the trends behind data center challenges and why operational intelligence is now necessary. It concludes by highlighting core CIO problems that DCIM solves and how a DCIM solution is self funding.
Your data center is evolving but you may only see this through the scope of the element you own or are most concerned about. Read this DCIM research paper and get an understanding of how the whole equation needs to be addressed.