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Challenges With Data Center Infrastructure Management

July 24, 2013 By Paul Nastu

data centersUntil now, data center infrastructure management (DCIM) has been viewed as a hardware issue, but the challenge today is not with hardware, it’s more about all the data that is managed, monitored and analyzed, so DCIM needs to focus on connectivity between all the systems inside the center, says Digital Reality.

The data center solutions provider has published a white paper, Real-Time Monitoring for Data Centers: Comprehensive DCIM Solution Creates Connectivity-Rich Environment, that says a good DCIM system needs to provide a comprehensive picture of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems that form the backbone of a facility’s infrastructure, as well as the servers and racks that compose the heart of the IT setup.

A data-driven, connected view of a data center enables operators to realize the capacity they need in order to help their firms effectively grow their businesses and to ensure their data centers are yielding optimal results, says author David Schirmacher, senior VP of portfolio operations for Digital Realty. He says DCIM is an emerging form of data center management that bridges the gap between traditional facilities systems and IT systems.

From an operator’s perspective, when looking at DCIM, the focus shifts from displaying data to managing data, since a typical data center might have 10,000 data points which can turn into billions of data points a year, the white paper notes. So, essentially, DCIM is not a hardware problem, it’s a data problem, he stresses.

Digital Reality produced this white paper to assess the challenges in the field and to introduce the benefits of its own DCIM solution, EnVision, which it launched recently.

DCIM systems have begun to focus not just on the IT infrastructure but also on data about the facility’s temperature, air flow and other aspects.

In May, CA Technologies announced that it has integrated RF Code’s technology into CA’s Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM), enabling customers to collect, monitor and analyze environmental and asset location information for an enhanced view of their data center infrastructure. While CA’s DCIM already integrates, analyzes, and reports on a wide range of data center variables, the agreement will leverage RF Code’s sensor technology for more granular data. The data collected by RF Code sensors and processed by CA DCIM can include “live” temperature, humidity, air pressure, air-flow and fluid detection. This data can be analyzed and visualized by CA DCIM using real-time maps and views of the data center and enhanced by CA DCIM’s alerting.

 

 



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