With each passing year, IT Infrastructure in enterprises is getting more and more complex. Depending on the size of the organization and nature of its business, one could be looking at tens of servers, hundreds of switches, devices and network components required to seamlessly manage the business in line with its goals.
The complexity only means IT decision-makers are staring at thousands of potential points of failure on a day-to-day basis. It's becoming more difficult to extract the more critical information and insights required to manage and optimize the interplay of all this data. What IT Managers and CIOs need is a holistic view into the health of the IT Infrastructure. This is precisely what a Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution offers.
Data Center Infrastructure Management is a misnomer as a typical DCIM solution goes beyond managing the Data Center alone and encompasses the entire IT Infrastructure. According to Gartner™, DCIM integrates system management, building management and energy management, with a special focus on physical IT assets and the supporting infrastructure.
Expanding this further, DCIM manages all of the following in order to transform the IT Infrastructure and hence the operations of the organization:
- Energy management
- Asset management
- Availability management
- Risk management
- Service management
- Supply chain management
- IT automation
A DCIM solution can help IT decision makers by…
- Creating a dashboard view of the entire IT infrastructure making it easy to isolate a particular asset and examine it in detail
- Creating workflows for, and automate routine procedures such as installing new equipment. This reduces the human error quotient and saves precious time
- Calculating "what if" scenarios, forecast future needs and setup a blueprint for capacity planning
- Optimizing energy consumption, minimize carbon footprint and manage expenditure on energy
- Streamlining the IT Infrastructure against business goals.
Today, DCIM tools look beyond mere IT hardware. By employing specialized sensors, hardware and software, they can monitor and manage the entire physical infrastructure giving rise to newer topics within DCIM. For example, by placing energy-monitoring sensors and related devices within the energy and power infrastructure, they can evaluate Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). Principles of computational fluid dynamic (CFD) are integrated into the DCIM to analyze and optimize air-flow in the building to know the cooling system's efficiency. This can help reduce costs associated with cooling.
This single complex example further illustrates the need for experts to manage Data Center Infrastructure.
Dynamic Network Factory with its long history in Infrastructure Management can centralize the monitoring, provide intelligent capacity planning, establish best physical and virtual infrastructure for your business needs, and manage the same. We will do this in a cost-efficient, reliable and professional manner so as to lower operating expenses and maximize the ROI from your IT Infrastructure.