On October 29, 1969, computers at
Stanford University and the University of California in Los Angeles connected for the first time. Many believe
this connection was the start of the Internet as we know it today. Since then,
the Internet has evolved into a platform that controls virtually every aspect
of our lives. I am sure some of the early developers understood the historical
significance of these connected computers, but how could anyone have imagined
all that it would become?
I’d like to think that data center infrastructure management (DCIM) and our approach to physical infrastructure is evolving in the same manner as the Internet.
While we can’t trace the start of DCIM
to a single event, it may have gone something like this:
- Data center operator/business owner: “We'll need to expand capacity by 65% in
the next year. Can the data center handle it?”
- IT manager: “No
worries, I'll work on the requirements for some new IT equipment.”
- Facilities manager: “Has anyone thought about all of the energy
that new equipment will consume with energy prices skyrocketing?”
- Everyone: “Ok, we'd better start comparing notes.”
The emergence of DCIM was born out of
concern for the lack of collaboration between IT and Facilities, the increasing
complexity on the data center floor and rising energy and real estate expenses.
Like the Internet, DCIM has grown from
a basic need for collaboration into a holistic game-changing platform that significantly
enhances the collaboration between IT and Facilities. It is also starting to
automate how the data center is operated and managed.
Let's pause for a moment and think
about the implications. If DCIM automates the data center – if we are able to use
sophisticated DCIM software to seamlessly predict, plan, and grow both
capability and capacity – then what does this mean for the next generation data
center? How far can efficiencies in
resource consumption actually go?
Of course, the path to the next
generation data center will not happen without robust collaboration between
vendors and suppliers. Data centers require many different vendors working
together to provide value to customers by driving more standardization. The
same goes for DCIM. No single DCIM vendor can do it all – it takes a DCIM
vendor working with an alliance of other partners to help customers
holistically manage their infrastructure.
Recently, iTRACS opened the ourDCIM™
Developer Community for global registration by users,
customers, vendors, and other interested constituents. iTRACS a
CommScope company, is essentially making its DCIM environment available for
exploration by registered, qualified developers. In doing this, we are asking vendors to join
us in a spirit of collaboration and innovation. This may appear to be a
relatively small step in the evolution of DCIM as a game-changing technology,
but in my opinion, it is the most important step.
By opening this community, we are
helping DCIM move along its inevitable evolutionary path to an open, inclusive
technology that forever changes how infrastructure is managed. I, for one, am
excited to see what we develop by working together.
If you have any questions about the
ourDCIM Developer Community, leave a comment below and I will be sure to get
back with you.