If you are unaware of what it is or stands for, DCIM stands for “Data-Center Infrastructure Management” and there are many new software & hardware suites (containing integrated systems to assist with everything from design to monitoring the ambient air temperature to security systems) available today and new ones popping up continually. So take your time and research which is best for your specific project before taking the plunge and your build out will be so much easier, take my word for it.
Personally I am a big fan of APC and their “Infrastruxure” product by Schneider Electric (their Data-Center branch) however, as this great article below States, there are numerous decent Solutions which can assist you today with things we always had to do manually previously, making design and development of everything from a new cage layout to a Greenfield Tier III Data-Centers easier..
Globally, data centers are becoming economic hubs — driving significant growth in the need for data center capacity — and businesses are busy trying to keep up, according to Navigant Research. As data centers’ importance and capacity have grown, so have their operational costs — one of the largest being energy consumption. Businesses are struggling to understand and contain these costs, while governments and environmental entities are attempting to manage the energy use and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions.
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Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) systems are fundamentally changing the landscape for managing complex data center environments, according to Navigant Research, opening tremendous opportunities for data centers to become more manageable and efficient. DCIM software is enabling deep visibility into all aspects of a data center’s operations — from facilities operations to IT management — and bridging the silos of responsibility between facilities and IT personnel that have long existed in data centers.
“DCIM — the software, systems, and services that monitor, measure, and help control data centers’ IT and facilities infrastructure — is quickly becoming a must-have technology for managers of modern data centers,” said Eric Woods, research director with Navigant Research. “The need for data centers to improve their energy efficiency while meeting an ever-growing demand for IT capacity will drive annual spending on DCIM software and services from less than $700 million in 2013 to more than $4.5 billion by 2020.”
Driving this growth is the dissipation of market challenges, like client risk aversion and lack of awareness of DCIM capabilities.
By Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer
Chief Technology Analyst & Consultant
Compass Solutions, LLC
Cloud Consulting International
Synapse Synergy Group
CTO – 4D Healthware