9 Biggest Challenges DCIM Helps Solve

Today, shifts in data center infrastructure management (DCIM) adoption continue to challenge the capabilities and functionalities DCIM provides for the data center market. And for colocation data centers—who increasingly view DCIM as a competitive factor they can use to differentiate in their growing market—this is key.

Learn how the evolving capabilities of DCIM are meeting the changing demands of colocation multi-tenants.

1.     How can I achieve faster response time?

Monitoring of the data center system figures daily depends on real-time information. The need for real-time monitoring—which ranks in the top 3 must-have capabilities for DCIM users—can enable one to acknowledge the real-time status of the alarm events. Doing so will allow them to achieve faster response time and make decisions for better business results.

2.     How can I optimize fluid dynamics to better manage cooling?

Data center heating and cooling issues caused by potential electrical or mechanical system issues can wreak havoc on a data center if not addressed right away. With the help of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), DCIM systems can address major airflow and heat challenges. CFD in DCIM can provide users with temperature and airflow predictions, identify inefficient devices and hotspots, and account for under-floor obstructions to evaluate tileflow distribution.


3.     How can I improve resource optimization?

Today’s competitive data center landscape means users need the flexibility to look at one screen and have full transparency of their data center operations to identify where, when and how they need to spend resources. Those that use browser-based 3-D or 4-D visualization via DCIM understand it provides them greater visibility into their power consumption to address any challenges with wasted energy that they may have.

4.     Can I improve reporting?

Businesses continuously face a lack of good enough, consistent reporting. With reporting functionalities in DCIM, users can use visual reporting data of the room, rack and server. They can also use business data based on user-defined attributes to generate work order reports, installation reports and cable label reports.


5.     What will help me better manage assets across departments?

Asset management and utilization across operations, finance and IT departments are currently two of the biggest challenges users are looking to DCIM to address. Proper capacity planning can help data center and IT managers address underutilized servers, and identify how much power and cooling their areas require to meet workload demands.


6.     How can I improve workflows?

Access to customized workflows provides an overview of project schedules, planning, involved resources and maintenance management to improve efficiency and productivity. IT and facility operators in the data center can manage, in real-time, assets, work orders and workflows involving multiple parties.


7.     How can I best monitor multiple sites remotely?

With DCIM, data center and IT managers are able to improve performance because they’re centrally managing their entire data center(s) or site(s).They can use information pertaining to their physical infrastructure or historical consumption rate to forecast what power usage, cooling or capacity requirements they may need in their data center(s) to allow for business growth.


8.     How can I better obtain real-time bill back?

A number of colocation data centers agree that billing based on actual usage could give them a distinctive edge over their competition. Having that information can help them reduce their multi-tenant prices and grow their market share.


9.     Can I better manage power and cooling of multiple facilities through a single interface?

The short answer is, yes. DCIM can provide real-time floor inventory and rack space views for their tenants via a single dashboard. This provides the ability to maximize space and power usage, discover hidden capacity, and reduce costs.

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