Data Center Infrastructure Management
Data Center Infrastructure Management, or DCIM, is concerned with the efficient design and operations of all of the supporting physical infrastructure that data center equipment relies on.
This physical infrastructure generally supplies the following essential resources to data center equipment such as servers, networking gear, and storage devices, including:
Devices that provide these resources include racks, uninterruptible power supplies, power distribution units, computer room air conditioners, environmental monitors, and the like. Data center design must take into account these critical components, and after provisioning, the data center should be monitored and managed in accordance with its original design principles.
Due to moves, adds, and changes, the configuration of the data center will evolve over time in the normal course of operations. It can be a challenge to keep a data center operating at peak efficiency; problems like “stranded capacity” and “oversizing” can cause the total cost of ownership of a data center to be higher than originally forecasted, if not managed properly.
Data Center Infrastructure Management tools allow IT and Facility managers to design, provision, and operate more energy and cost-efficient data centers, helping them to meet their Service Level Agreements and drive business value.
Definitions of DCIM vary somewhat but are generally in line with the one presented above.
For instance, Gartner defines the data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tool market similarly – as:
“a space that encompasses tools that monitor, measure, manage and control data center resources and energy consumption of: IT-related components, such as servers, storage and network switches, Facilities infrastructure components, such as power distribution units (PDUs) and computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units.”
Gartner’s Magic Quadrants use a two-dimensional matrix that evaluates vendors based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute. The Magic Quadrant has 15 weighted criteria that plot vendors based on their relative strengths in the market, and divides them into four categories: Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries, and Niche Players.
Panduit and SynapSense is pleased to have been positioned by Gartner in the “Visionaries” quadrant of its first-ever “Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools.