After CommScope’s acquisition of iTRACS® a year ago, I wrote a blog comparing
Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) to the autopilot
feature in an airplane. Recently, some people have asked me if I feel the
same way now that CommScope has spent the past year working in the DCIM space.
Overall, not much has changed regarding our definition of DCIM since entering
the market but I feel that the iTRACS open framework platform, along with the
ourDCIM™ developer community, offers customers a unique and compelling
approach to the challenge of data center mangement. Our emphasis on an open,
scalable platform that can easily integrate with other systems is also helping
to advance wide-spread DCIM adoption.
of you are aware that the CommScope portfolio
includes an intelligent physical layer management solution called imVision®. This solution provides
intelligence and automation capabilities for physical layer management such as
device discovery, tracking and identifying the physical location of devices, port
capacity management, connectivity management, and workflow for server
deployment and decommissioning.
With the addition
of the iTRACS Converged Physical Infrastructure Management® (CPIM®) platform, CommScope’s
infrastructure management portfolio now includes a DCIM solution with capacity
planning and analytics that extend traditional data center management
capabilities into new areas of business value. For many customers, the CPIM
software suite has become their single source of truth for physical infrastructure across all six key
resources: assets, power, space, connectivity, network services and HVAC.
evolutionary step for DCIM is intelligent
capacity planning, or as I call it, the “Holy Grail of DCIM.” To get there,
we must continue our efforts automating physical infrastructure management
functions and the integration of our DCIM platform with other systems and solutions
on the data center floor. One area where significant progress has been made is
intelligent connectivity management – CommScope’s ability to provide
decision-makers with real-time visibility into the status of every network port
and patch. With more than a decade of experience in this area, particularly in
relation to the imVision solution, CommScope offers today’s data center operators
a compelling value proposition of making
connectivity decisions based on knowledge instead of guesswork.
The past year has
been very exciting for us. Working with iTRACS to advance the capabilities of
CPIM and working with our partners in the ourDCIM developer community has
created opportunities to learn, grow, innovate, and evolve. It has given us
perspective and insight. It has helped us better serve our customers – the
ultimate arbiter of the business value of any infrastructure management solution.
What do you think
will affect the rate of DCIM adoption or its evolution towards intelligent
Editor’s Note: Be sure to
check out this video interview
of George Brooks discussing DCIM and CommScope’s latest developments with