DCIM: Giving Business a Competitive Advantage

The data center is indeed the heart of an organization. It is no longer considered merely the center of IT but a strategic tool in the overall corporate objective. This whitepaper, from Raritan, “Decrease Costs and Gain a Competitive Advantage By Improving Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)” extrapolates this premise into all the various justifications for a DCIM solution and how it helps to optimize systems that generate revenue, provide customer service and assist organizational assets.

Managing your data center infrastructure is probably a job unto itself and once you move beyond 25 racks the need for automation of this management is necessary. DCIM provides a central repository database with a comprehensive set of tools and processes.

The author uses research to illustrate how 25% of the IT budget is consumed by the data center. Such a large investment merits the best optimization available which is provided by a DCIM solution. Details follow on key target areas and how ROI can be detailed which include the management of assets, change, capacity and energy.

According to the research outlined in this whitepaper the DCIM market is worth roughly $240m in 2011, and will grow to $1.2b in 2016. It is time to seriously consider DCIM as a way to solidify IT with the business mission.

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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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  1. Folks, if you are interested in a full featured DCIM suite, take a look at Raritan’s dcTrack suite. It features this in an easy to use, easy to edit format and has the ability to tie into our PowerIQ power management software for real time power and asset tracking. In addition, dcTrack offers not only datacenter management from the rackspace, it features the ability to track virtual machines and their hosts, IP address spaces, floor PDUs, RPPs, CRACs and more. It can track most anything within the rack and give you floor and rack visualization with reporting. Included is also a workflow and change management capability to allow you to schedule and direct datacenter changes no matter the involved management silo (eg. facilities, network, systems and hardware, NOC). If you want further information, visit the site I post. -Wes Yates, Raritan inc