The growth of big data and Internet data centers makes it much harder to find space for all necessary servers, cables and other important equipment in the data center. Industry estimates predict existing data to grow 50 times the current volume by the year 2020. Finding the space, power and keeping costs down are among many challenges data center operators are facing today. This has led to the rise of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tools, which provide managers with clear visibility of all data center assets and the ability to identify, locate, visualize and manage these assets. They can also help control energy costs, increase operational efficiency, provision new equipment and confidently plan capacity for future growth and or consolidation.
Gartner (News - Alert) predicts that DCIM tools will soon become mainstream in data centers, growing from 1 percent penetration in 2010 to 60 percent in 2014.
In a whitepaper, “DCIM and the Demand for Unified IT Management,” ManageEngine (News - Alert) explores how DCIM can help align IT management with business services to drive innovation in the data center and create business value. Unified IT management solutions for DCIM overcome common DCIM challenges and offer a number of best practices to create a single-console, real-time view of the entire data center IT infrastructure.
Today, DCIM includes IT assets such as intelligent routers, switches, WAN and LAN equipment, storage devices and other network assets as well as application servers, cloud applications, databases and other application assets.
In order to improve overall business impact of IT services via a unified IT approach, ManageEngine offers best practices, including integrating configuration management database (CMDB) and IT asset management within a DCIM solution, supporting heterogeneous data centers with IT assets from multiple vendors, having a centralized console, an alarm management system and choosing a solution with reporting analysis.
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ManageEngine’s IT360 integrated IT management solution delivers out-of-box unified IT for DCIM and is based on ITIL best practices guidelines. It equips and empowers IT managers to view an entire IT infrastructure and business units, data centers and geographies with a unified approach integrated across IT silos. Key benefits include rapid deployment, out-of-box, pre-integrated and pattern-derived solutions, rapid time-to-value, reduced operational costs and more productive IT administrators.
To learn more about DCIM challenges, opinions and best practices, read the full whitepaper here.
Edited by Ashley Caputo