Mark Twain once wrote “The
report of my death was an exaggeration” (more commonly quoted as “The reports
of my death are greatly exaggerated.”) and the same could be said for data
center infrastructure management (DCIM) today. Although the market forecasts
for DCIM vary greatly depending on which research firm report you read, the
fact remains that the data center industry is undergoing a change as new
entrants, new standards and new technologies are introduced. Let’s take a look
at these and their impact to understand the continued need for DCIM.
there are new entrants in the data center market that are setting the industry
up for possible disruption. Even as little as ten years ago, data centers were
mainly owned and operated by traditional service providers and large
enterprises. As companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook expanded their
business models, they began to invest in their own data centers and many
companies around the world followed their lead. But building your own data
centers brings challenges, including the ability to remotely manage and monitor
the infrastructure, assets and workflows. This issue is compounded as
organizations have multiple data centers in various locations. For example, the
State Department made public that they are moving from leased
to modular data centers as “part of the ongoing government-wide push to
consolidate data centers and overhaul the way the federal government procures
applications and IT infrastructure to support them.” Their new data centers
will be on government property in various locations throughout the United States.
next big impact is the recent publishing of the new ISO/IEC 18598 Information technology -- Automated
infrastructure management (AIM) systems -- Requirements, data
exchange and applications. This document outlines intrinsic and extrinsic
benefits of the standard including a specific section on DCIM. With this
standard, there is now a greater focus on workflows, processes and the management
of the physical infrastructure, not just power and cooling, which is the
strength of DCIM solutions.
we have new technologies that will enable data centers to prepare for the future
including 40/50/100 Gb/s, SDN and virtualization to name a few. All these will
have an impact as data center owners and operators upgrade physical
infrastructure to meet the growing demands of their customers.
So what does this mean for DCIM?
According to the 2016
Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools, Gartner
states “All organizations with at least a moderate-size data center should
consider investing in a DCIM tool, especially if they have a cost optimization
initiative or are planning any significant data center changes.”
DCIM solution addresses the needs of new entrants, new standards and new
technologies. During the past year, the iTRACS team focused on understanding
customer specific needs, developing modules to address pain points, and
focusing on successful deployments. This was recognized by customers and the
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In fact, CommScope: iTRACS DCIM
received the highest product scores in all three use case categories,
Colocation Provider, Large Enterprise and Midsize Enterprise by Gartner in its March
Capabilities for Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools” report.
Although change is coming and new solutions are
being developed for data centers, we believe DCIM will be around for a while. I
would love to hear your thoughts on the industry.
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