White Paper: Attributes of Effective DCIM Systems for Distributed, Hybrid IT Environments
Enterprise data center owners are embracing hybrid IT architectures with physical infrastructure assets widely distributed on premise, at colocation providers, and increasingly at the edge of the network. This creates management challenges, particularly since these geographically-dispersed sites are often unmanned and operated in a “lights out” fashion. In addition, the criticality of small IT installations at the edge is increasing. This makes the use of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tools critical. In this paper we describe the essential functions and attributes of a DCIM platform optimized for hybrid IT that is best able to solve today’s challenges. Such a platform is also well positioned to take advantage of newer, emerging technology trends. This paper will assist readers who are in the process of selecting a DCIM platform for hybrid IT environments with multiple edge computing sites.
Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software tools have been fundamentally used to maximize the efficient use of power, cooling, and space resources. Well-implemented, DCIM improves the availability and resiliency of physical infrastructure systems and the IT workloads they support. However, much has changed since DCIM suites became commonly used toolsets. Data center owners and managers face new challenges and requirements such as an acceleration of small, unstaffed IT deployments at the edge, meeting corporate sustainability goals, and defending against cybersecurity threats. At the same time, recent technology developments offer new possibilities.
In this paper we describe the essential functions of a DCIM platform deployed for hybrid IT environments. Next, we explain five attributes that make a DCIM software suite more effective at providing those functions in a way that takes advantage of emerging technology trends.