The DCIM ROI Checklist

The DCIM ROI Checklist

How to implement data center infrastructure management that will generate a return on investment (ROI).

It starts with a plan: Identify your organization's reasons for deploying DCIM, define a process for pre-purchase research and designate personnel to track KPIs and champion the solution once implemented. To aid in this endeavor, we've created a DCIM implementation ROI checklist as a guide for pre-implementation planning:

1. Know the Key features

Capacity Planning

Project near-term and long-term resource requirements (power, cooling, space); facilitate elasticity of critical equipment and enterprise scalability. 

Temperature Management & Cooling Performance

Visually represent temperatures throughout the data center; calculate how cooling capacity influences durability and performance of all critical equipment.

Real-Time Alerts

Configure alerts to trigger when thresholds (power, environmental, etc.) are breached for warnings and alarms. Configure to automatically send to appropriate personnel.

Trend Analysis 

Track power and cooling usage throughout the data center; identify long-term cost-saving opportunities (eliminating zombie servers); understand resource consumption patterns.

Process Automation

Eliminate sneaker reports for billing; remotely power-cycle equipment as needed; utilize the analytics engine to auto-generate valuable performance reports; automate cooling systems to run only when necessary.

2. Consider the Costs

Operational & Capital Ependitures

Be mindful of initial hardware costs such as intelligent PDUs, sensors, network switch capacity and a BMS integration gateway (if applicable).

Internal Responsibilities 

DCIM implementation will require comprehensive integration efforts, workflow optimization planning and installation of hardware elements. Know who will complete each task along the way.

Risks of Not Implementing DCIM

Understand unplanned costs that result from downtime, resource inefficiency and missed workflow optimization opportunities; project the cost of not implementing accordingly to estimate ROI.

3. Create and Monitor a Baseline for Constant Improvement

The final step is to create a baseline of the most important metrics in the data center (e.g., PUE, performance per watt, etc.). These should be developed around the specific needs and business goals of your organization and monitored in real time, continuously. They will help you adjust the DCIM solution, over time, to get the greatest ROI from your implementation.