As most organisations grow ever more reliant on digital services it is becoming increasingly important to protect the IT infrastructure used to deliver these services. One key area of risk is around the physical integrity of IT infrastructure. Power interruptions, cooling failures, damage caused by dust or vibration and theft of equipment result in extended outages with a high level of impact on the business. Even when digital services are hosted in cloud or colocation environments and the majority of IT infrastructure is managed by vendors, a small, but highly critical IT infrastructure footprint remains onsite. Regardless of whether you are responsible for a large enterprise data centre or a small network closet there is a need to ensure that your IT Infrastructure is protected from physical threats.

In most cases, we rely on an underlying layer of critical infrastructure to protect our IT infrastructure. Critical infrastructure is the term used to describe the facilities on which IT infrastructure depends e.g. power, cooling, fire detection/suppression and security systems. DCIM software allows users visibility into this critical infrastructure layer. UPS, Air Conditioning Units, PDU and other types of critical infrastructure are usually network-enabled and a DCIM solution is able to directly monitor and manage these devices. A good DCIM solution can also be supplemented by the addition of sensors, e.g. temperature\humidity sensors, cameras and pressure sensors. DCIM brings all of this underlying data together to allow organisations to:

  • Identify potential risks posed by the physical environment
  • Be alerted to issues before an outage occurs
  • Quickly identify the root cause of an issue facilitating faster resolution.
  • Reduce costs by simplifying the administration of remote sites through remote management capabilities
  • Identify and monitor trends in the physical environment

This monitoring and management of critical infrastructure is basic DCIM functionality. Advanced or “full” DCIM is able to integrate the data gathered from basic DCIM with other types of information such as facility design, equipment capacity and IT Infrastructure operating characteristics to produce actionable information to those responsible for planning and operating data centres. Advanced DCIM allows organisations to:

  • Cut costs by extending the life of existing critical infrastructure,
  • Simplify planning and operational processes for faster time to market and reduced manpower costs; and
  • Cut energy usage.

Modern DCIM software can save companies up to 30 percent in critical infrastructure capex and opex  costs over 10 years through optimised resource and energy management.

Implementing DCIM means gone are the days of overbuilding upfront to buffer system risks. More power, more cooling, more real estate. Today, DCIM software makes the trite-but-true saying “do more with less” possible. By turning data points into usable information for executives, facilities, and IT, DCIM software helps get maximum value from IT spend.

StruxureWare DCIM software from Schneider Electric is one of the leading platforms to help manage your infrastructure. If you need more information, please call your Computer Merchants account manager.

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