Given the importance of IT to most organizations, CIOs who ignore their infrastructure are exposing themselves and their companies to great risks. Here are six reasons that using a formalized Data Center Infrastructure Management regime is no longer optional for CIOs who have their own data centers:
- The world of business is more and more driven by metrics. A DCIM system taps into this zeitgeist by allowing CIOs to monitor, manage, and produce detailed data about the utilization and functioning of their data centers.
- Virtualization and cloud technologies make DCIM more important– not less. As each piece of the data center gets asked to do more or to manage more outside applications, each piece’s overall importance grows. With DCIM, CIOs can more effectively broker their data center’s services among different applications, ensuring agility and that no aspect of the data center gets overloaded.
- DCIM is a proactive tool. The same advances in data collection, modeling, and analytics that are revolutionizing marketing and other aspects of business can also be applied to the data center. With DCIM, CIOs can identify and fix issues before they impact performance or up-time.
- With DCIM, CIOs can find and fix inefficient parts of their data center infrastructure. When the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it mentality” gets applied to data centers, old servers remain in use for too long; unused servers remain plugged into the network, consuming power and bandwidth. DCIM identifies those systems so that they can be removed.
- As an integral part of the business, a data center deserves the same type of controls as any other aspect of the business. DCIM allow CIOs to bring the same professionalism to data center management that WMS brings to workplaces and CRM brings to sales forces.
- DCIM helps make data centers denser, greener, and more efficient. With highly accurate tracking, CIOs can squeeze more performance out of their servers and appropriately route cooling and power. This maximizes performance per kilowatt, which reduces the company’s environmental impact while also reducing the cost to operate the data center.
Business units require professional management infrastructure to be successful. DCIM brings the data center up to the same standard as the rest of the company, and it gives CIOs the measurements they need to effectively manage their computing infrastructure.