Data center infrastructure management, commonly referred to with the acronym of DCIM, is the unison of data center and IT (information technology) facility functions within a business. There are DCIM standards that have been created with the goal of helping administrators obtain the best possible data center performance.
These recommendations create a sort of all-encompassing view of data centers that helps administrators maximize the efficiency of available equipment, floor space and energy; helping your data center to run more effectively.
DCIM Background And Purpose
DCIM began in 2009 as a segment of a software referred to as building information modeling, commonly referred to with the acronym of BIM. This was used by administrators who wanted to create digital schematic diagrams. Nowadays, DCIM helps bring similar capabilities to all sorts of data centers. Those who follow DCIM standards are able to store, collate and analyze data in real time while preserving as much power as possible. DCIM tools permit the printing of diagrams that are quite useful when a data center requires maintenance or when it is necessary to install new equipment.
DCIM For Monitoring Purposes
Those who take advantage of DCIM will be able to identify the relationships between a building and specific IT systems. These tools can monitor energy use throughout the power infrastructure. DCIM software will study power usage effectiveness (PUE) as well as the energy efficiency of cooling systems. When DCIM standards are applied in unison with a computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis, an organization can optimize its air flow to decrease cooling costs. This two tiered approach is called continuous modeling. It empowers administrators to study and quantify air use and energy costs before spending money on IT alterations.
DCIM And Infrastructure Design
DCIM also provides critical recommendations for the designing of infrastructure. Its criteria enable administrators to figure out the ideal placement of new servers according to cooling, power and network data. When administrators abide by these recommendations, there is no guesswork involved in determining which equipment can go into a rack. DCIM standards ensure that a shutdown won’t occur due to excessive equipment. They also ensure that key data center resources like power, cooling and space won’t be put to waste, which is imperative for successful business management.
DCIM: Operating Processes, Power and IT Data
DCIM can even assist in the enforcement of a data center’s standard operating processes. Such repeatable processes can drastically decrease the occurrence of operator mistakes that often lead to system outages. Administrators who take advantage of DCIM tools will also obtain a wide range of important data. DCIM offers power data in regards to racks, zones and devices within a data center. It provides cooling data, operational data and environmental data like air flow, humidity levels and temperature.
DCIM also offers advice in regards to IT data like server resources. Specifically, it generates accurate data regarding memory, CPU, network and disk. Such data is important as it can alert managers when certain limits have been exceeded. As a result, less time is spent on repairs and resources remain consistently available.
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