4 ways DCIM makes your days easier

4 ways DCIM makes your days easier

Less downtime in the data center, more downtime in your personal life.

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) has fundamentally transformed how organizations oversee and utilize an invaluable utility. Using data aggregation and analysis to monitor mission-critical resources has helped many data center managers optimize efficiency and improve facility performance. And these benefits trickle down to customers – whether they're colocation facility tenants, IaaS clients or direct consumers – by ultimately supplying better digital services.

But how does DCIM make data center managers' day-in, day-out lives easier? The reason we work, after all, is to procure the means to live well. Ideally, we'd all like to minimize the amount of complications we face at work so we can spend more time doing what we love with who we love. 

With that in mind, here are four ways DCIM helps give that opportunity to data center managers: 

1. Data on-demand

DCIM's most valuable property is its ability to present critical real-time data in an intuitive, single-screen interface. This includes, but isn't limited to:

  • Operational status of mission-critical servers and switches
  • Current per-rack power utilization levels
  • Facility temperature and airflow
  • Health of environmental systems, such as CRACs and chilled-water supplies
  • Facility security status

The best part is all of this information can be represented using polished visualizations, including heat maps, actual maps, graphs, digital floor plans, meters, iconography and other digestible formats. As a result, you spend less time digging for the information you need to make sure that everything in your facility is on the up and up.  

2. Alerts and alarms

"DCIM helps enjoy your time off without wondering, 'What if?'"

Peace of mind is hard to find, especially if you're wondering what might be happening in the data center at inconvenient times, like at the dinner table; it's hard not take work home with us sometimes. But it is comforting to know that if something were to go wrong, you'd know about it the second it happened.

With its rich integration capabilities, DCIM aggregates data, analyzes it, visualizes it and, perhaps most importantly, animates it. The second an allowable threshold is exceeded in the data center, you'll receive a real-time alert via SNMP, SMS or email. 

Data centers are notoriously complex facilities, and things will go wrong from time to time. At the very least, DCIM helps you put your imagination to rest and enjoy your time off without wondering, "What if?"  

Smart decisions start with smarter data center solutions.Smart decisions start with smarter data center solutions.

3. Automated reports

Data center managers need to make big-picture decisions every day about equipment procurement, space requirements, how to reduce overhead, where they can optimize resource utilization and much more. These decisions should be backed up by the same wealth of data that facilitates operational integrity on a day-to-day basis. 

To that end, DCIM's ability to auto-generate reports for IT and business decision-makers is invaluable. By condensing critical operational information into quarterly, monthly, weekly or even daily reports in shareable formats such as PDF, all stakeholders can see the information on a regular basis. This can help to justify purchasing decisions and new hires.

These reports can also be used to track metrics other than power usage efficiency (PUE), such as performance per-watt, in turn providing a more comprehensive understanding of how facilities and IT teams can work together to optimize efficiency without compromising reliability.

Intelligent decisions start with better data. Period. 

4. Precision capacity management

Speaking of which, managing equipment and resource capacities is one of the most challenging balancing acts performed by any data center manager. Elasticity and scalability have more or less become basic business requirements. Thus, data center managers need to walk a fine line between having enough available equipment to support peak loads, while still being able to maintain efficiency. Simultaneously, managers need to be planning for future capacities, both from an IT and facilities standpoint. 

Normally, capacity planning requires a lot of educated guessing. The role of DCIM is to maximize the "educated" part while minimizing, if not eliminating, the "guessing" aspect. It does this in several ways:

  • Firstly, it uses asset management features to help you document all in-facility equipment to understand its theoretical capacities.
  • Secondly, it uses real-time power metrics, equipment utilization, environmental conditions during peak hours and other data center measures are to model current capacity utilization at peak and off-peak times to help managers plan for elasticity requirements.
  • Finally, it compiles reports and visualizations over extended time periods to predict growth requirements and, ultimately, enable long-term scalability. 

Never miss a beat, in your personal or professional life by investing in DCIM.