DCIM and You
In a world of increasing convergence in the land of data centers the physical layer has become increasingly dependent on IT, and management. Efficiency in the constructed environment hinges on too many aspects to leave anything up to chance. Everything from the type of cooling used to the location of the facility is monitored and accounted for these days. Which is why DCIM or Data Center Infrastructure Management is becoming increasingly popular with data center owners. It’s not just being able to easily view information, insight and actionable data, it’s being able to then put a plan into action based on the whole. It is estimated that data centers now use up to 3% of the world’s energy. With billions of watts being drawn every year, there’s no surprise that everyone is looking for ways to manage their power intake, cut down on power loss and maintain stability within the physical infrastructure.
So what does DCIM really do for you? Well in the end it’s really about the enterprise more than the data center. We’re talking about managing thousands – if not millions – of assets. All of the servers, switches, blades, etc. and the myriad of building facilities constitute the physical infrastructure. Every piece of the puzzle equals the whole, and DCIM is the way to look at the big picture without losing the smaller focus. While some may tell you DCIM is about monitoring, it’s really about managing. Data centers cannot afford to make a mistake, any loss of power or damage to the physical infrastructure hurts up time which hurts everything. Which leads to the last misconception; DCIM is about power – while it does take power into consideration DCIM is about everything in the data center. From the energy to asset, from risk to service, everything is managed with a true DCIM solution. More and more we are seeing that IT and Facilities management are one in the same, breaking down the walls and paving the way for new innovations and standards.
At Silverback, we know about some of the minutia that goes into the daily life of a data center, we have to integrate ourselves into the layers so that our clients get the best service. Whether it’s coordinating the downtime effort or offering suggestions on new PDU placement, we understand the precise detail that goes into the creation of every lab, cage and colocation. We work with NOC Engineers and data center techs on every job to make sure that they are satisfied with the care we will take with their devices and their new location. It only makes sense that the attention to detail would carry over, enter DCIM and its new approach to managing your data center.
Check out the link to learn more about DCIM:http://www.greendatacenternews.org/articles/share/735088/
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