Understanding the Basics of Data Centre Infrastructure Management


DCIM is an acronym for Data Centre Infrastructure Management. Data centre management software is used to monitor, measure, and manage IT equipment and associated infrastructure, including power and cooling systems. Its goal is to assist managers in achieving maximum energy efficiency and avoiding equipment failures that result in downtime.

Most of the questions we get have to do with DCIM tools. These questions are even more frequent as DCIM has moved into the next phase of technology by taking advantage of things such as cloud technology. With that in mind, here is a look at the most frequently asked questions about DCIM software.

What Is Traditional DCIM?

To put it simply, traditional DCIM is the tools that companies use to manage, monitor, control, and measure IT equipment and its associated infrastructure within a business. However, DCIM does more than just monitor these systems as it allows the operators to see and understand what is happening inside the equipment, including power and cooling issues.

The purpose behind DCIM is to prevent problems from occurring by using the data obtained from the software.

Understanding Next-Generation DCIM

Next-generation DCIM came about as a way to address the various issues discovered with DCIM. Some of the biggest problems that next-generation DCIM addresses are the complexity of software updates, long deployment times, and maintenance problems. Many clients find that DCIM creates a lot of alerts with very little information.

Next-generation DCIM not only addresses these issues, but it acts the same way as traditional software. The biggest difference between the two is that next-generation DCIM isn’t done on site. It’s all based on a cloud platform, making it a lot easier to deploy.

Main Parts of DCIM

There are two main parts of this kind of software: planning/implementation and monitoring/automation. IT administrators may utilise planning and implementation tools to make data centre modifications, install new equipment for optimal performance, and track assets. It allows users to create “what-if” scenarios to aid planning and lower the cost of operation.

The automation and monitoring part of the software deals with security, the IT room, the facility’s power, and any environmental controls. It assists in ensuring that the data centre operates as intended and offers user-configurable alert thresholds for physical equipment such as heat, ventilation, and air conditioning. It also monitors power consumption effectiveness and reports on real-time, average, and peak power usage.

Benefits to DCIM

Whether you are opting for traditional or next-generation DCIM, it helps cover four main areas. This software helps prevent any kind of downtime from IT equipment failure. It allows clients to manage equipment from numerous vendors, solves remote management and monitoring, and is helpful for businesses with little to no IT staff on site.