Have you ever had to explain a technical concept to someone who was decidedly non-technical? It can be a difficult chore, but that’s exactly the task Schneider Electric has tackled in a new info graphic about data center infrastructure management (DCIM). Think of it like, “DCIM for poets.” It may come in handy should you need to explain DCIM to upper management or convince the CFO why it’s a good investment.
1. From a single screen, DCIM gives data center operators a view into all the various components that make up the data center, with varying degrees of granularity. They can look at the building as a whole, a single room, or just a given rack or row and check on its health and status.
2. By taking an all-encompassing view, DCIM systems help data center operators make the most effective use of their data centers while using as little energy as possible. Need to place a new server? The DCIM system will show you the best spot for it from a power and cooling perspective.
3. DCIM systems consists of 3 components:
- Software that handles tasks such as modeling, management and predicting the result of data center changes
- Displays that provide a view into all the data the system collects
- Intelligent devices and sensors that monitor everything from temperature and humidity to motion and feed it all to the software for analysis
4. A quality DCIM system will help companies more effectively use their data center capacity, keep all components running at peak performance, identify any threats to the data center, and save energy.
5. In a nutshell, DCIM provides easy access to data that helps companies make more informed decisions so they can operate more efficiently, while sharing relevant data with key stakeholders.
6. To build a business case for DCIM, focus on its ability to reduce risks that threaten data center uptime, provide for sharing of data between IT and facilities groups, and to help the data center meet the demands for new technologies including cloud, virtualization and mobility, all with decreased staff and increased agility.