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Using DCIM to Create a Common Data Center Management Approach

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The modern data center is beginning to be considered the data center of everything. This means that more platforms, services and users are deploying their workloads to a data center infrastructure. Furthermore, dependence around the data center and the resources that they provide is increasing as well. Even when smaller server rooms and server closets in small businesses as well as remote branch offices as excluded – the number of data centers in operation worldwide will increase from over 191,000 to almost 202,000 between 2011 and 2014. More significantly, the size of those data centers is also growing, with total data center square footage increasing from 569 million to 737 million over the same period.

Because of this new reliance around the data center environment, DC managers now have to face challenges around resiliency, uptime and risk. This is why it’s important to have a well-implemented data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution. The paper outlines the major reasons to why using a DCIM platform can help improve the visibility into the modern data center. This includes:

  • Fragmentation calls for a unified approach to datacenter management.
  • The full benefits of DCIM deployment require broad scope of integration.
  • Use DCIM solution to enable change in processes and culture.

These types of platforms can help IT and facilities teams coordinate management tasks by providing a common view of the truth to boost data center operating efficiency in power and cooling as well as IT asset utilization. It also makes it easier for data center teams to better tie physical systems to virtual machines, applications, and business services.

According to the white paper from CA Technologies, a well-implemented DCIM solution can help data center teams better leverage existing capacity, avoid costly buildouts, and optimize IT workloads in the face of growing complexity, enabling organizations to capitalize more quickly on business innovation. Furthermore, as the modern data center becomes more distributed, a DCIM solution can create a unified view of the entire infrastructure.

In this whitepaper, IDC explores the key factors in data center utilization, where growth patterns are happening and the important role that data center management plays. Download this whitepaper today to learn why over half of the datacenter managers IDC surveyed said there would be value in using an integrated DCIM system. Creating a unified view into the modern distributed data center not only improves management – it helps simplify the entire data center control process.

About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the National Director of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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