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IDC’s Analysis of Worldwide DCIM Vendors

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Data center management and control has come a long way. Now, we have direct integration with numerous components – both logical and physical.

As organizations create new demands around their IT environment, the data center will need to be better and more intelligently managed. This means visibility into virtual, physical, and distributed environments.

Here’s the challenge: Confusion exists in the market today about the scope of what DCIM should be, and participants in this space are seeking to define their brand by offering full-scale solutions that include complete power and cooling and IT infrastructure visibility, control, and analytic capabilities.

In this whitepaper from IDC, we quickly identify the key players and drivers behind the modern DCIM market. Based on IDC’s analysis of current product capabilities, go-to-market strategies, and general business analysis, this IDC report finds that the DCIM market is evolving, with several providers realizing strong growth and adoption and others struggling to survive in a competitive market. Considering changing business needs, IDC believes the following to be critical success factors in this evolving market:

  • Technology partnerships.
  • Selling partnerships.
  • Open architecture that supports full upstream and downstream support of data.
  • Exceptional customer service with global service and support.

Not only do we look at what DCIM needs to be, this IDC study uses the vendor assessment model called “IDC MarketScape” to really understand specific offerings. This research is a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the characteristics that explain a vendor’s success in the marketplace and help anticipate its ascendancy.

As the paper outlines, there is a direct need for data center to optimize their control layer. Datacenters are expanding in capacity to power a new era of computing built on mobile devices and applications, cloud services, big data and analytics, and social technologies. Expansion into new geographies, improvements in disaster recovery, and expansion of workloads beyond current power and processing capabilities of current datacenters has challenged datacenter managers to find ways to manage resources and change.

Download this whitepaper today to learn about how IDC evaluated 10 providers that offer a DCIM solution which met the following criteria:

  • Provide visibility into one or more elements on the facilities side of the datacenter
  • Provide visibility into one or more elements on the IT side of the datacenter
  • Earn at least $2 million from the sale of its DCIM solution in 2012

In their research IDC evaluated:

  • CA Technologies
  • Emerson Network Power
  • Nlyte
  • Panduit
  • Raritan
  • Schneider Electric
  • And others

Not only does IDC evaluate some of the top DCIM vendors, the paper also offers sound advice around acquiring a DCIM solution. Remember, DCIM purchase decisions for both enterprise and service provider datacenters will be shaped by the need to accurately plan for future capacity, increase efficiency of datacenter resources, and manage growth and change.

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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