Datacenter management poses a high-stakes, multidimensional challenge. As errors can have disastrous real-world consequences, datacenter operators must use a variety of controls to ensure that operations continue smoothly. Gaining and maintaining a competitive edge depends on having the right tools and using them effectively. By far, the best tool for datacenter management is a DCIM. DCIMs simplify daily processes – from asset management, to monitoring, to change management, and more – and benefit all facets of datacenter management, providing several key advantages broadly categorized as traceability, tracking, and transparency.
DCIMs allow users to follow the evolution of their datacenter and be aware of the status of its contents at any time. The asset management functionality allows users to easily keep track of individual assets or the makeup of the datacenter as a whole, and asset reports provide handy access to the information required to make informed operational decisions. Additionally, the integration of change management capabilities into the DCIM increases the traceability of actions within the datacenter. Any maintenance order or access request can be created and reviewed within the DCIM. If ever there is a need to review historical actions, for example to determine the source of a misconfiguration, this information can easily be pulled from the DCIM directly.
The monitoring capabilities of modern DCIMs allow users to track the status of their assets in real-time, offering far more insight into the status of individual assets, or the entire site, than was previously possible. Alarm management offerings reduce the risk of catastrophic failure by warning when assets approach pre-defined critical thresholds, allowing operators to take preventative action. Dashboards help users monitor trends in consumption at their site and extrapolate from them to make predictions about future capacity requirements.
DCIMs provide benefits for datacenter customers, whether these are tenants in a co-location or internal customers in an enterprise datacenter. Aside from the obvious benefits stemming from efficiency improvements, customers also benefit from the added transparency provided. Users can access their assets and relevant dashboards, allowing them to monitor their investment. Additionally, customers can gain access to a portal for submitting change requests and monitoring their status through completion.
DCIMs provide tangible benefits ranging from process improvements to tools for datacenter customers. They serve to simplify the tasks of operators, streamline processes, and minimize miscommunications. For any efficient 21st century datacenter, a good DCIM is a must-have tool.