Effectively managing your data center’s physical infrastructure was once a business goal. Today, it’s a business necessity. As data centers get larger and more complex, DCIM is essential to optimizing data center performance.
DCIM software helps operators bridge the gap between IT and facility to safely optimize power, cooling and space capacities across the entire data center infrastructure. In the process, the data center becomes a key contributor to business value. If you own a data center, operate a data center or anticipate deploying one in the future, here are 10 real-world scenarios where DCIM matters:
DCIM provides you with actionable information about your data center. IT takes data center monitoring to the next level and makes effective management of datacenter’s physical infrastructure possible.
It’s critical to have real-time data about both the health of your IT infrastructure and your physical infrastructure before you move a virtual machine. Typically, this information lives in different silos: the IT guys have all the information about their servers, and the facilities folks know how much power and cooling is required to run those servers. This siloed approach makes it difficult to manage a highly dynamic, virtualized environment. DCIM brings IT and facilities under one roof, meaning you’ve got active information from both sides. Now you can be certain there are sufficient resources available before you move a virtual machine. DCIM can also provide automation, intelligence and modeling of the physical infrastructure capacities, showing you the best place to migrate a virtual machine and simulate the effect of the proposed change. With this awareness, virtualization can fulfill this potential for delivering optimal efficiency and increase business value.
By providing complete data center visibility and transparency, DCIM lets your IT managers see what impact an action may have on the other aspects of the data center. It also facilitates quick identification and resolution of problems as they arise.
Capacity management is a critical aspect of managing a high-density, virtualized data center. A DCIM system can dynamically respond to changing capacity requirements. It can automatically display hot spots by cranking up the fans, migrate virtual machines to free up more space, or power down unused equipment to reduce stranded capacity. Without DCIM, data center operators typically don’t have the information they need to effectively deploy new equipment at the rate required by their business. They cannot answer basic questions like: “When will I reach the limit of my current power and cooling infrastructure and require additional capacity?”, or “Can I deploy new hardware technology, such as blade servers by using my existing power and cooling infrastructure?”. DCIM provides visibility to the data center’s current capacities and enables operators to analyze and plan for future capacity needs.
A data center manager in Al-Riyadh was concerned about provisioning a server in his Jedda data center, so he went there to place a post-it note on the rack position he wanted to preserve, just to ensure the power and cooling can support the additional server. Too bad he didn’t have his DCIM in place. He could’ve saved the trip! With DCIM, he would’ve known the average and peak power usage of every rack across his entire data center. He could’ve revealed “what if” scenarios to investigate the impact of rack placements. And based on this knowledge and findings, he could’ve determined the optimal placement for his new server and marked it without ever leaving his computer.
For many companies, no one knows what is going on in a data center as a whole; who’s coming in, who is moving stuff, or who’s moving things around! But the data center manager feels what’s going on in his data center. You know the type, he’s probably got decades of experience. He knows his data center inside out and he can sense when things are not right. He is the go-to guy when anything goes wrong, and you fear the day he requests to retire. You know relying this much on one person is risky, but it seems like your only option. Not so with DCIM, DCIM doesn’t just feel what’s going on, it knows it. By breaking down the silos between IT and facilities and providing total visibility to all parts of the data center, DCIM allows you to see how changes are affecting availability, and how to fix those having a negative impact.
With energy costs rising, data centers have become key cost drivers for companies worldwide. DCIM gives IT managers the information the need to improve data center efficiency. It provides a high-level overview of the energy usage and cost as well as a breakdown for each kilowatt that’s actually spent. With such data, organizations can take measurements to improve energy efficiency while, at the same time, reducing the cost of running their data center.
Capturing information around your data center is a key indicator that is essential to improve performance and efficiency. You need to know things like: “When do I run out of power and cooling capacity?”, “What’s my current server utilization?”, “Do I have any servers that can be retired? If so, which ones?”. DCIM automates the collection and distribution of such data, and makes it visible to managers in a simplified, timely fashion.
Given the criticality of data center operations to businesses today, it is essential for data center managers to have visibility into their DCIM systems at all times – wherever they may be (in the office, at home, or half-way around the world). DCIM software makes real-time data available anytime, anywhere – on laptops, tablets, and phones.
When you are deciding on a DCIM solution, you’re going to consider what type of implementation support you may need. Do you have the capacity to install the software? configure the software? integrate it with your systems? educate your staff on how to use it? If the answer to any of these questions is “No”, a certified engineer from Ctelecoms can help you implement a DCIM solution in your data center efficiently and effectively.
As an expert IT company in Saudi Arabia with over a decade of experience in implementing the best IT solutions in the market, we've helped dozens of businesses across KSA to Increase availability, improve resources utilization, solve IT problems, cut operational costs and optimize their power, cooling and space capacities across their entire data center by implementing a highly-efficient data center infrastructure management solution. We can help you too! All you need to do is request a callback form Ctelecoms today!
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