blog post is part of a new series called CommScope Definitions, in which common
communications network and data center industry terms are explained.
The time span between
the emergence of new generations of technology is growing shorter and this
phenomenon is especially apparent within the data center. Most data centers
started as connectivity technology housed in wiring closets, then quickly
started requiring entire floors. Today, many data centers are in their own
buildings comprised of hundreds of thousands of square feet housing hundreds of
millions of dollars in IT and facilities investments.
As data centers grow
exponentially in scope and complexity, one of the technologies to emerge is data
center infrastructure management (DCIM).
DCIM is a
software-based management tool that provides a comprehensive view of the various
physical systems and assets in the data center, including information
technology equipment and systems, and the facilities and utilities that support
them. IT devices can include servers, storage and network switches. The
facilities equipment monitored by DCIM might include assets such as power
distribution units and computer room air conditioning.
The goal of DCIM is to
provide comprehensive visibility into – and command-and-control over – the entire
physical ecosystem sitting in the data center. Its purpose is to help data center
owners, operators, and users:
- gain a better understanding of what is going on within the
- leverage the right information at the right time to make
better decisions for growth, management and optimization of data center
For example, a data
center manager can use a DCIM tool to determine whether there are servers that
might be underutilized. This information can help gain an understanding if other
applications can be virtualized onto these machines to free up servers or
perhaps be able to decommission unused equipment for cost savings. DCIM can
even help identify equipment that is consuming too much energy which, in turn,
can help determine a better strategy to reduce energy consumption and costs.
These are only a couple
of examples of how DCIM can help data center managers improve efficiency, reduce
operating expenses, defer capital expenses and make better decisions for long-range
planning. To learn more, be sure to check out the “Related Resources” links
So what’s the next
amazing breakthrough in data center technology and how quickly will we see it?
It’s impossible to know exactly, but you can be sure that DCIM will play an
important part in data center evolution.
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